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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...

July 2010



Ted Nield remembers the 11 workers who died on the rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and wonders where sympathy for our industrial heroes has gone


Vandalism by coring

Colin MacFadyen (Scottish Natural Heritage) is bored by irresponsible sampling



Purple prose

Nina Morgan remembers Thomas Hawkins and the thrills and chills of 19th Century science writing



Knud Ellitsgaard-Rasmussen 1923–2009

Ellitsgaard’s contributions to geoscience were widely recognised


William Iredale Stanton 1930-2010

He was keen to share not only his knowledge, but his research, experiments, and thought provoking opinions


Claud William Wright 1917-2010

Willy Wright was fascinated by the natural world



Cool sea - and phosphorus's voyage

Harriet Jarlett explores a new interpretation of the Palaeoarchaean ocean


Deep waters may still leave a bitter taste

Ian Randall on a potential new poison threat to Bangladesh


Early bird feathers did not flock together

Harriet Jarlett on some new fossils from China


In Brief July 2010

Joe McCall, 90 this month, reflects on the mysteries of evolution


Magnitude of Tides

Dr Russ Evans (BGS) on why tides may have been more extreme in the distant past, but why it may also be impossible to detect their effects...



Two New Reviews

Two new reviews by Don Hallettand Tim Needham



Field mapping for the digital age

Adler de Wind on a new international collaborative initiative between academe and industry


Society News

Sherlock 1750 - A letter from the Lord Bishop of London, etc.

 Michael McKimm discusses a geological morality tale from 1750


Online Special

Bosnian bombardment?

Can it really be true that a Bosnian man’s house has been bombarded by meteorites six times since 2007?


What lies beneath

Harriet Jarlett reports on a study casting light on why volcanic eruptions take place away from plate boundaries