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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...

February 2013


Vote early, vote often

Ted Nield makes a plea to all Fellows of the Society to take a few moments, and vote online!


Water but not on the brain

Hydrogeology taught master’s courses are under threat, says Bruce Misstear



Wartime Geotechnical Maps

Applied geology and airfield construction suitability maps compiled remotely for Hong Kong in WW2 illustrate techniques pioneered by military geologists, says Ted Rose*


Agassiz's Fossil Fish

The Society’s appeal to conserve and digitise the Louis Agassiz fossil fish portfolio has raised over £10,000. Caroline Lam and Michael McKimm report on a remarkable story...


Online Special

Chicxulub 'impact layer' reinterpreted as volcanic ash

Controversy over the age of the Chicxulub Crater rumbles on, writes Ted Nield


The Neoproterozoic Era - Evolution, Glaciation, Oxygenation

Catherine Rose reports on the Fermor Meeting of the Geological Society, London, Burlington House, 19-21 September 2012


'Monisha and the Stone Forest' project

Nigel Hughes tells Sarah Day about a pioneering Earth science outreach project in Bengal, India.


Ice Age Art

Douglas Palmer visits the British Museum's once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of the world's oldest art.


Society News

Elections to Council 2013 - 2014

Elections to Council, including the President-designate, are now open to online voting, writes Edmund Nickless.


EGU General Assembly

The European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2013 takes place in Vienna from 7-12 April


Journals cancelled

In line with the 2010 Library Review’s recommendations, Council has agreed to reduce Library costs by a further £35k in 2013, writes Fabienne Michaud.


Start the CLOCKSS

GSL Preserves Lyell Collection with the CLOCKSS Archive


Online First for journals

Online First, the Society’s publish-ahead-of-print feature, is being rolled out for our journal publications from January 2013.


Rare book of the month

Geology, by Arthur Dwerryhouse (1919)



Calling Sheffield Geologists

2013 marks the centennial of the now defunct Sheffield University Geology Department.  Phil Gibbard announces a celebratory reunion, now being planned.


Distant Thunder - Man in the Moon

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers a new twist to an old Sinatra song


Glossop Lecture & Award 2012

The Glossop Lecture this year was given by Dr Ruth Allington (GWP)


Mystery mugshot

Can you throw any light on this curious item?


Books & Arts

Books & Arts

Four new book reviews, by James Montgomery, Mike Rosenbaum, Andrew Southworth and Steve Rowlatt.



John Edward Guest 1938-2012

Volcanologist and planetary scientist who inspired generations of students at UCL over half a century


Robert Bruce Karim King 1923-2012

Geomorphologist who applied Land Systems to planning in South Africa, but was forced to leave after an illegal marriage and political activism