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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 2014


I, Robot

Ted Nield on the approaching age of computer-written copy



The only way is ethics

Is it time for the geological profession to evolve a new code of ethics? asks Roger Dunshea



Italian geological maps

David Nowell on Italian geological maps, and how ending systematic surveying is the ultimate false economy


Baggers and the lost rivers of Libya

Dave Griffin researches a story of exploration by a pioneering sedimentologist and military geologist.


Society News

Election Results, Presidents Day 2014, Fellowship dues 2015

Who got on Council, the programme for President's Day, Speakers' titles, and proposed dues for 2015.


Millennium Atlas benefits charities

Yvonne Drummond (Beagle Geoscience/Exploration Geosciences UK) brings glad tidings of the continuing success of the Millennium Atlas



Going strong after 163 years

Why does every GSL President sit on a Commission set up in... 1851?


How are the mighty fallen

Nina Morgan prefers Agassiz in the abstract to in the concrete


Books & Arts

Four new book reviews

Four new books reviewed by Warren Hamilton, Mike Benton, Thomas Hoak and Colin Summerhayes.


Online Special


a review of the new volcanic bomb by Sarah Day


A geological turning-point

Colin J Campbell re-examines Peak Oil



Geoffrey Arthur Kellaway 1914 - 2013

Outstanding geologist who developed sources of clean hot water for the thermal spas of Bath, England


Colin Leslie Williams 1948-2013

Sedimentologist, palaeontologist and sometime rock music promoter who became Dean of Faculty at Plymouth University


Frank Alexander Middlemiss - an appreciation

Frank Middlemiss, known to generations as the author of many standard textbooks, in an appreciatuion by Wendy Cawthorne, Assistant Librarian and former student