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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 2015


Brontosaurus is back

Ted Nield welcomes the return of a very old friend indeed



How I became CGeol

Rick Brassington, newly elected Council member, describes how he became chartered in the early days of the ‘Institution of Geologists’



Working with clay

John Mather, together with his wife Jenny Bennett, collect ceramics.  After retiring, he decided to make them himself...


GOE figure

Matthew Warke*, Gloyne Research Fund winner, investigates Palaeoproterozoic rise in oxygen on Kaapvaal Craton.


Online Special

Online Special - Geology and Beer

Peter Dolan explores the interaction between these two essential ingredients for a fulfilled life.


Society News

Gabi Schneider Honorary FGS

Gabi Schneider of the Geological Survey of Namibia becomes the Society's newest Honorary Fellow


Accessible fieldwork

Announcing a forthcoming conference - 'Confronting Barriers to inclusion', 26 June


New ebook Collection

Library announces first e-book collection for Fellows, writes Michael McKimm


Research Grants 2015

£28,330 will be awarded to 21 of 41 applicants for Society Research Grants


STEPPE this way

The Society joins a new consortium to promote research, writes Sarah Day


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new book reviews by Andrew Robinson, Murray Hoggett, Caroline Mason and Richard Dawe



Distant Thunder - Dizzy heights

Nina Morgan celebrates a high point in the history of geology



Boris Sergeevich Sokolov 1914 2013

Distinguished geologist and palaeontologist, expert on fossil corals and ‘Godfather’ of the Vendian Period.


Yves Oscar Fortier 1914-2014

Director of the Geological Survey of Canada who pioneered modern geological study of the Arctic Islands.