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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 2016


Them and us

Ted Nield can't quite believe the Fellowship's rediscovered enthusiasm for democracy



3D models - stepping back

Martin Geach believes we must understand what happens inside the 'black box' if we are to ensure the quality of our outputs



Christchurch five years on

Camilla Gibbons describes progress since the damaging earthquakes that hit the New Zealand city in 2010-11.


Explosive Earth

Jennifer Woods and Robert White of the Cambridge Volcano Seismology group re-live the drama of the 2014 Bárðarbunga−Holuhraun dyke intrusion.


Online Special

UNESCO Global Geoparks in the UK - a new opportunity

Kirstin Lemon considers the present and future of UK UNESCO Geoparks.


Society News

Office closure

The Geological Society (Burlington House and Bath offices) will be closed all day for staff training on Friday 17 June.


Policy update

Flo Bullough reviews policy-related activity at the Society


Research grants 2016

The Research Grants Committee has recommended to the FPC that over £31,000 be awarded to 26 applicants.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Jon Noad, Arthur Tingley and John Heneghan



The optimistic explorer

Society President, Malcolm Brown, talks to Ted Nield over coffee and croissants at Piccadilly’s Café Richoux.


Distant Thunder - Smooth operator

Geologist and Science Writer Nina Morgan discovers how a Scots stonemason changed the face of Victorian cemeteries


Schools Geology Challenge

Ellie Comer (Whitchurch High Sch, Cardiff) writes from Wales, where the Schools Geo Challenge began.