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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 2011


A drop to drink

Water is the ultimate scarce resource, says Ted Nield


Enviro-network launch

Eva Valsami-Jones and Robin Bailey on a new Society initiative



Love for shale

ECC avows love for shale reports Sarah Day


Old one-two hit Japan extra hard

Old one-two hit Japan extra hard reports Dwain Eldred


Society News

Serving the profession

David Manning (outgoing Professional Secretary) delivers his valedictorian address


Manuscript saved for posterity

Manuscript saved for posterity


A catalogue of the organic remains of the county of Wiltshire by Etheldred Benett. 1831

Etheldred Benett's Catalogue of the organic remains of the county of Wiltshire, 1831, by Michael McKimm



Metal mining - who pays for the clean-up?

Richard Lord and Don Mason report on iron-rich minewater issuing from an abandoned Cleveland Ironstone Mine - and discover a hole in the legislation


Operation Tethys

Steve Matthews is an engineering geologist working with the British Army in Helmand Province, Afghanistan - helping to repair the region's crumbling irrigation systems


Books & Arts

Two recent popular Earth science-related books

reviewed by Wishart Mitchell and Joe McCall



White Russian diaspora

Dr Platon Tchoumachenko wishes to make contact with the geological descendantsof others who fled the counter-revolution


Poetic justice

Nina Morgan's regular column focuses on some useful historical tips for introducing the populus to geology through the medium of poetry


Patrick John Brenchley 1936-2011

Patrick John Brenchley 1936-2011 by Steve Donovan, Dave Harper and Jim Marshall


Online Special

Jurassic parked

The Jurassic Period will be formally defined for the first time when a 'Golden Spike' is pounded into a rock outcrop high in the Alps of western Austria on Saturday, August 20