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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 2014


Dust and Ashes

Ted Nield seeks to take you down the primrose path that leads to - the Society Dining Club.



Be a Regional Groupie!

Ask not what your Regional Group can do for you, but what you can do for your Regional Group, urges Dave Jones.



Through the looking glass

Philip Compton, archivist to the Marquess of Northampton, reports on a significant but sadly overlooked figure in the history of geology.


Under the volcano

Stefanie Hautmann, whose fieldwork was partly funded by a Society grant, explores the subsurface of Montserrat using Bouguer gravity data


Society News

Elections to Council

Time for Fellows to cast their votes online for candidates in the 2014 Council elections.


Great Exhibition lives on

...and what is more, still handing out grants!


Policy update

Florence Bullough reports on policy-related activity by the Society in recent months.


Schlumberger sponsors Lyell Collection access

The Society is pleased to announce a three-year extension of its Schlumberger-sponsored programme enabling developing country access to its publications.


Hong Kong Visit

The Hong Kong Regional Group has celebrated its 12th anniversary in the presence of David Shilston and Bill Gaskarth


Library survey

Fabienne Michaud reports on the recent user survey, the development of the collection, and journal subscriptions for 2014



Hodgson memorial donation

Devonian fish specimen unveiled


Distant Thunder - Ladies' Man

So what were Henry de la Beche and that lady doing in that yacht, eh?


Geology? Landscape? Tell us more!

Sonia Cassidy on a major new survey of the South West


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books reviewed for you this month by Chris Hawkesworth, Iain Williamson, Murray Hoggett and Trevor Emmett.



David Gwyn Roberts 1943 -2013

Distinguished oceanographer and oil exploration...


Peter Alfred Ziegler 1928-2013

Outstanding regional geologist whose work integ...