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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 2014


Deadlier than the male

Ted Nield has an example of how casual sexism can kill, and the unfortunate unintended consequences of decisions taken for all the right reasons



Plastic spring

Chris Mackenzie is less worried about carbon dioxide than man-made organic molecules



Crowdsourcing science

Helen Quinn investigates the potential and limitations of ‘citizen science’ for geology


Nothing new under the Sun god

John Dixon explores the antiquity of earthquake-proof building construction


Online Special

Carbon capture and storage

Bryan Lovell gives a personal account of a recent GSL-hosted conference on CCS, and the events that gave rise to it


Society News

August special offer

There's a special cut-price subscription to the Full Book Collection available this month!


Society awards

Nomination for the next round of Society Awards is open!


The great Geobakeoff

Sarah Day has the results in the greatest geological cake-making competition ever held in the entire history of the world


Books & Arts


Four new books reviewed by Steve Rowlatt, Maurice Tucker, John Milsom and Mark Tyrer.



An old stick and his carrots

Nina Morgan discovers what James Hutton got up to in his spare time



John Myles Bowen 1928-2013

Pioneer of North Sea Oil who discovered the Brent and Nelson oilfields


Adolf Seilacher 1925-2014

Distinguished palaeontologist, pioneer of trace fossil studies and philosopher of form and function