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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 2013


Joe McCall 1920-2013

It may surprise readers of this magazine to learn that Dr Joe McCall, who has died aged 92, ‘retired’ in 1991, after a long career.



Britain's Oldest Eukaryotes?

Ross Anderson, winner of the Fermor Prize in 2012, searches the Isle of Islay for traces of ~700 million year old life


Intrusion space problem

Penelope Wilson & Ken McCaffrey* report on digital mapping and analysis of the Maiden Creek satellite intrusion, Henry Mountains Utah.



Soapbox - The LIPs have it

Gerta Keller, Andrew Kerr and Norman MacLeod on a recent conference that conclusively showed how nearly all mass extinctions were principally the result of LIP eruptions.


Books & Arts

Books & Arts

Six new books reviewed



Expenses scandal!

As Nina Morgan* discovers, when it comes to accounting, creativity knows no bounds.


Society News

Publishing House Turns 25!

On 6 June 1988, the Geological Society Publishing House first opened for business in the beautiful city of Bath, reports Emily Milroy.


Sponsor a Book update

The Library thanks Professor Paul Henderson for his donation to the Sponsor a Book Appeal


Council Room Refurb

The Council Room will be closed for refurbishment from 17 June until mid September.