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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...

May 2013


Needed holes

Where are all our holes going?  Flooded, filled and forgotten; but not everywhere.  Ted Nield laments the passing of the quarry in the British landscape and hails two projects to bring them new life


Passport to Penicuik

Peter Styles detects an excess of devolutionary zeal at the University of Edinburgh



Troubled waters

Jonathan Paul explores the tempestuous relationship between London and her most precious natural resource.


Rubislaw reborn

Two Aberdeen lads have joined forces to put Europe’s deepest open pit back at the heart of Aberdeen’s cultural life.


Books & Arts

Books Arts

One exhibition and three books reviewed by Sarah Day, Mike Hambrey, Mike Winter and James Powell



John Baird Simpson

In February, the Library and Archives were presented with the Lyell Medal awarded to John Baird Simpson in 1954. Archivist Caroline Lam reports.


Mug mystery solved

The Society engraved tankard mystery case has been solved, writes Dawne Riddle.


Trip adviser

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan* explores the trials and tribulations 18th C travel


Society News

Publications 2013

The annual celebration for Society authors and editors, in pictures


Election results

The ballot for Council and President-designate closed on 31 March


Presidents Day 2013

President's Day 2013, the Society's annual gala occasion, will take place on June 5 at Burlington House


Annual Subscriptions 2014

At its meeting on 16 April Council agreed to recommend to the Fellowship for approval at the AGM the subscription rates for 2014


Burlington bookshop

April saw the opening of the Burlington House Bookshop in the main library, writes Emily Milroy.


Chartership news

Council has agreed an additional route to Chartership for Fellows with more than 20 years’ professional experience. Bill Gaskarth reports.


Geoscience Education Academy

This year’s Geoscience Education Academy will take place from 25 – 28 July at Burlington House, writes Jo Mears


Lyell Meeting proposals 2014

The 2014 Lyell meeting will take place on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The call for proposals is now open.


Online Special

Treasures of the abyss

Deep-sea manganese nodules were first recovered...


What lies beneath

Sarah Day reports on a geological detective story taking place beneath London's surface...



Peter Frank Barker 1939-2012

Marine Geophysicist who led pioneering studies into the tectonic and environmental history of the Southern Ocean


John George Charles Martin Fuller 1926-2012

Oil industry geologist who became an expert in ...