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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 2015


Fracking - not for girls?

Ted Nield reviews two spectacular PR gaffes committed over fracking



What makes the best geologist?

John Arthurs reconsiders H H Read's famous dictum and concludes it may have more to do with mentors than rocks.



Time for gifts

Ted Nield looks at the life and legacy of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor through the eyes of his son, renowned author and war hero Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor.


Science in the city

Nina Morgan on the geological joys of Oxford's graveyards


Online Special

William Smith's last resting-place

Ian Clarke describes a joint field meeting between OUGS and GSL as part of the year of celebrations surrounding the 200th anniversary of William Smith's great 1815 map.


Society News

Royal Commission, Research Funds, Council, Undergraduate field bursaries, and Christmas ideas!

Everything you need to know about what's happening at or around the Society as we bid farewell to 2015


The sustainable geologist

Mike Daly finds that Chartership stimulates his creative juices.



Photo competition winners

The 2015 Great Geosites photo competition concludes with prizes - and inclusion of winning pictures in the Society's 2016 calendar.  Buy yours now!


Monstrous fun

Nina Morgan recalls a memorable New Year's Eve dinner inside an Iguanodon.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new book reviews by Ted Nield, Sarah Pipkin, Mark Griffin and Mike Rosenbaum.



Brian John Bluck 1935 - 2015

Distinguished sedimentologist, expert on alluvial fan processes and inspirational teacher.


Wyndham Michael Edmunds 1941-2015

Hydrogeologist who shaped the development of hydrogeology in the UK over three decades.