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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 2018


The long goodbye

Ted Nield hands on the editorial eyeshade.



Fear of controversy

History of debate, or chronicle of the ridiculous?  Mike Ridd thinks the Society has become a little - conformist.



Saving Lyme Regis

Ramues Gallois and Geoff Davis show how geologists and engineers have faced up to the challenging geology of the famous resort.


Gong Ho!

As we look forward to the Awards Ceremony on June 6, Marie Edmonds reports on an Awards Committee review of the Society’s medals and awards.


Society News

Research Grants 2018

Stephanie Jones has news of the recipients of the Society's Research Grants 2018.


Council and OGMs - future dates

And future dates for your diary are...


Chartership news

Dr Bill Gaskarth can hardly contain his excitement.


Environment Network

Bryne T Ngwenya, Council Member and Convener, on an organisation of geoscientists for the environment.


Education at the Geological Society

What does the Society do in Education?  Education Officer Will Foreman explains.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Six new books reviewed by Jan Zalasiewicz, Jeremy B Joseph, John Underhill, Mark Griffin, Ayla Stenning and Gordon Neighbour.



Divine intervention

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan assesses the ongoing debate about water divining


Celebrate the South West

From Roman Baths to building stones, fossil finds to mineral mines, the geology and industrial history of South West Britain is full of interest.



Marlan Wayne Downey 1931-2017

Legendary oil finder whose long career spanned Shell, Roxanna Oil, Atlantic Richfield, Arco International and academia.


Anthony Hallam 1933-2017

Leading palaeontologist, geologist and geological writer of his generation


John Kenneth Shanklin 1926 2017

Pioneer of professional accreditation for geologists in the UK, co-founder of IG and EFG.