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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 2016


Trumps triumph

Ted Nield hails the creators of Volcanoes Top Trumps, and the educational work they are now funding as a result.



What is the point of Regional Groups?

John Black ponders the role of regional groups from the perspective of a Chairman looking for a successor



Models and flooding

How 3D geological models are helping flood risk management in E Yorkshire


An underestimated Kevan

Senile? Arthritic? Scavenged? Abandoned? Douglas Palmer* on the Sedgwick Museum’s giant Pliosaurus cf. kevani


Online Special

Volcanoes Top Trumps

Jenni Barclay tells the story of how 'Volcanoes Top Trumps' came into being, and how it is now funding awareness programmes around the world


Books & Arts


Four new books reviewed by Rob Bowell, Jeremy Joseph, Mark Griffin and Howard Mottram


Society News

Society Awards 2017

Make your nominations now, writes Stephanie Jones


From the Publishing House

Publishing highlights of the month - and the Full Book Collection



York course opens for applications

Postgrad diploma in The Geology of Yorkshire and Northern England is taking applications for 2016 entry


Colour coded

Nina Morgan* speculates on the colourful life of William Smith



Jane Ann Simpson (Professor Jane Plant, 1945-2016)

Pioneering geochemist who acted as a role model for young women in geology, who wrote persuasively about her prolonged battle with cancer


George Theokritoff 1924 -2015

A man of great dignity, admired for his skill as a first-rate scholar and teacher