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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...

December 2009


Juvenestus sumus

What has happened to the Lord of Misrule?  Ted Nield evokes the memory of a yuletide tradition that is sadly dying out in the Academy


Broad Church

Revd. Dr Mark Betson FGS, Diocesan Environment Office for Chichester, explores some common ground between the Church of England and geoscience



Xmas marks the spot

Nina Morgan recounts a rude awakening on Christmas Day


Poster Children

Dawne Riddle reports on the Anglo American Environmental Geochemistry Poster Competition result


The Collector

Jessica Shepherd marks the beginning of the St Aubyn Colection's nationwide tour by examining the secret life of a great collector




A new teaching borehole array is being created by Newcastle University hydrogeologists, reports Adler deWind


Silverpit "not crater"

Dawne Riddle reports on a Petroleum Group debate


In Brief

Joe McCall's monthly round-up of geonews



Two New Reviews

Two new reviews by David Nowell and Rob Strachan



Stromatolites - great survivors under threat

Ken McNamara investigates the slime that ruled the Earth for billions of years


Layers of meaning

Stromatolites were first identified as discrete...


Online Special

Caribbean evolution - a new account

Professor Karsten M. Storetvedt gives his perspective on the vexed question of the origin of the Caribbean Plate


A new theory of the Caribbean? Not likely!

Don't forsake tectonics, says Iain Neill