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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...

June 2010


Unreasonable doubt

Ted Nield explores the difference between scepticism and denial


Hoops spring eternal

Christopher Jack wonders whether we really need a UK Register of Ground Engineering Professionals



Call out the boys in blue!

Nina Morgan on one mystery that the Old Bill failed to solve...



Volcanoes, dust, and storms

Two recent disastrous east Atlantic storms were exacerbated by volcanic dust from Montserrat, reports Adler deWind


In Brief

Roger Mason on neutrinos and the deep Earth


School of rock

A group of year 10 students from five inner city London schools are showing serious dedication to their science by studying for their AS level Geology two years earlier than usual, in half the normal time – on a Saturday.



June 2010

Two new reviews of mathematical geology books by Duncan Woodcock and Mike Rosenbaum


Blessed are the toymakers

for they shall be palaeontologists too, says Dave Martill



Glaciers - no nonsense science

Mike Hambrey et al. respond to Ollier; Ice sheets can indeed collapse


First find your fossils

Svetlana Nikolaeva and Nina Morgan piece together a palaeontological puzzler


Society News

Make your publication Special!

says Jonathan Turner


Oeuvres de Bernard Palissy (1777 edn)

Michael McKimm discusses Bernard Palissy's Oeuvres (1777 edn.)


Online Special

Italian seismologists on shaky ground

Geologists under investigation for “gross negligent manslaughter” for failing to predict earthquake