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Bruce Yardley appointed Chief Geologist

Bruce Yardley (Leeds University) has been appointed Chief Geologist by The Radioactive Waste Management Directorate (RWMD) of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth reports on a projected new logo for use by CGeols, advice on applications and company training schemes

Climate Change Statement Addendum

The Society has published an addendum to 'Climate Change: Evidence from the Geological Record' (November 2010) taking account of new research

Cracking up in Lincolnshire

Oliver Pritchard, Stephen Hallett, and Timothy Farewell consider the role of soil science in maintaining the British 'evolved road'

Critical metals

Kathryn Goodenough* on a Society-sponsored hunt for the rare metals that underpin new technologies

Déja vu all over again

As Nina Morgan Discovers, the debate over HS2 is nothing new...

Done proud

Ted Nield hails the new refurbished Council Room as evidence that the Society is growing up

Earth Science Week 2014

Fellows - renew, vote for Council, and volunteer for Earth Science Week 2014!  Also - who is honoured in the Society's Awards and Medals 2014.

Fookes celebrated

Peter Fookes (Imperial College, London) celebrated at Society event in honour of Engineering Group Working Parties and their reports

Geology - poor relation?

When are University Earth Science departments going to shed their outmoded obsession with maths, physics and chemistry?

Nancy Tupholme

Nancy Tupholme, Librarian of the Society and the Royal Society, has died, reports Wendy Cawthorne.

Power, splendour and high camp

Ted Nield reviews the refurbishment of the Council Room, Burlington House

The Sir Archibald Geikie Archive at Haslemere Educational Museum

You can help the Haslemere Educational Museum to identify subjects in Sir Archibald Geikie's amazing field notebook sketches, writes John Betterton.

Top bananas

Who are the top 100 UK practising scientists?  The Science Council knows...

August 2013


Review time

Technology will have to become a lot more portable, cheap and convenient before it can finally replace paper for the sort of information that people read for pleasure, says Ted Nield.



Excited about potassium

Linda Campbell, Mark Tyrer and Alan Dyer explore emerging new insights into the geological and planetary occurrences of this vital element


Question time

Adler deWind reports on the Society's recent response to the HoC Science & Technology Committee on the public understanding of climate change.



Soapbox - Masters of mapping?

Mark Brodie wonders whether the time has come to map out a new future for the undergraduate geologist’s skill-set.


Society News

Robert Scott Research Fund

The Society is very pleased to announce that CASP (formerly Cambridge Arctic Shelf Programme) has given £50,000 as an expendable endowment in memory of Robert Scott.


Chartership news

Chartership Officer Bill Gaskarth has big news for professional geoscientists everywhere!


Full Book Collection special offer

Fellows who have not previously taken advantage of the Full Book Collection can subscribe online for the rest of the year for only £35.00 (normally £64).


Founders Day

Details of the Society's annual gala event are now available and the Founders' Dinner is open for bookings.


Books & Arts

Book reviews

In this Reviews Special issue, we present eight reviews of recently published titles.



Distant Thunder - A word to the wise

Nina Morgan discovers that bricks and mortar are not always the best investment



Robert Andrew Scott 1960-2012

A highly regarded geologist who devoted more th...


John Barry Dawson 1932-2013

Expert on kimberlites and their xenoliths, carb...