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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 2015


Enabled bodies

Ted Nield considers diversity in the light of his graduation group photograph.



Fast track fast one

Fast-tracking publications leads to quick pecuniary gain, but also fraud and plagiarism, says John Buckeridge


Society News

Election results, Presidents Day, Subscriptions 2016

Your new President Designate, Council, and Fellowship dues.


Chartership news

Bill Gaskarth, Chartership Officer, has news of accredited company training schemes and university courses.



Finding our marbles

Gordon Walkden tells the story of a forgotten but exceptional range of ornamental marbles from Devon.


Getting out more

Alison Stokes and Christopher Aitchison* present diverse perspectives on accessible geoscience fieldwork


Online Special

New Stone for old

Douglas Palmer, on the difficulties of finding suitable stone for restoring historic buildings.


Books & Arts

Books and arts

Four new book reviews by Andrew Robinson, Richard Dawe, Steve Rowlatt and Mark Burdett.



Distant Thunder - Glorious mud!

Nina Morgan waxes lyrical about Liberty Hyde Bailey, who extolled the stuff in verse.



Michael John O'Hara 1933-2014

Distinguished petrologist and Professor at Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Edinburgh, responsible for implementing the UGC ‘Oxburgh Review’ of Geology.


John Crook 1933-2014

Geologist with Hunting Geology & Geophysics who worked on major mapping projects in Africa and Middle East.