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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...

January 2012


Building bridges

Howard Falcon-Lang digs thedirt on the dastardy palaeobotanist who tried to steal William Nicol's glory


Know your limits!

Martin Lack reminds us that, as European countries strive to resume economic growth, this is a world of finite resources



When Earth gets the bloats

Fossil drainage system reveals rapid ancient up...


Glimpses of the past

John Powell, Gemma Nash and Patrick Bell urge everyone to get logging with BGS's new 'citizen science' website


Society News

Honorary Fellowship

Dr Carlos Washington Rapela


Rare book of the month

Michael McKimm on Dr Beringer's Lithographiae Wirceburgensis 1726



Third of Forth

John Brown and Tom Berry reveal how ground investigations for the Forth replacement Crossing are redefining the geology of the Firth


Double-crossed Nicol

Howard Falcon-Lang digs thedirt on the dastardy palaeobotanist who tried to steal William Nicol's glory


Online Special

Boundary Issue

Nicol Morton, Former Chair of the International Subcommission on Jurassic Stratigraphy, describes the process of defining the System's base, and hammering in the 'golden spike'



Elsevier announce new partnership with the Geological Society of London


Books & Arts

Two new book reviews

by Ian Sims and Joanna Wragg



Distant Thunder

Risen from the ashes: Nina Morgan discovers a Christmassy map