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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 2015


Glorious. Mud.

Ted Nield, who once lived the dream and stared at the stuff down a microscope for years and got paid for it, reflects on the Society's 'Year of Mud'.



Trippin' out

Mike Streule & Lorraine Craig explain why fieldwork is so important in academe and industry, and well worth the cost.



Burma's rising star

Nick Gardiner on tin-tungsten mineralisation in Burma, where mining is all set to make a comeback.


Instrumenting the Earth

Mike Stephenson outlines a new part of BGS strategy, to monitor geological events 'in real time'


Society News

Elections to Council 2015-16

How to cast your vote in the 2015 elections for Council, and President-designate.


Diversity monitoring

The Society is now monitoring the diversity of its Fellowship.  Find out how you can help.


Fellowship numbers rising

The Society's numbers are growing, reports Dwain Eldred


Borehole capped

The Borehole Research Group is now officially defunct, writes Edmund Nickless


Research funds

Apply for a Society Research Fund.


Steer the flagship!

Lyell Meeting proposals are now invited.


Chartership elections and news

Chartership Office Bill Gaskarth on the latest elections to Chartership, and more.


PERC news

Eddie Bailey on the activities of the Pan-European Reserves and Resources Reporting Committee (PERC).



Enduring Love

Nina Morgan on a tragic tale of love and trilobites and Nazi persecution.


Books & Arts


Four new books reviewed by Mark Griffin, David Nowell and Richard Porter.


Online Special

Sarah Day reviews 'The Theory of Everything'

Stephen Hawking portrayed brilliantly by Eddie Redmayne in a film, remarkable not least for the lack of insight it provides into the meaning of its title.


William Smith goes Worldwide

In the William Smith's map's bicentenary, a new online archive and website is providing an unparalleled insight into the life of the man whose map changed the world.  Nina Morgan and Kate Santry logged on.


John Macrae Christian Wellstood Baker 1927-2014

Much-loved Cardiff University academic, petrolo...


Simon Toby Cochrane 1951-2014

Geologist with the National Coal Board (Deep Mi...