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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...

November 2009


Cast out

Ted Nield applauds the plucky extra-mural Earth Science tutors at Bristol University


This tape will self-destruct

Adler deWind wonders what geo-pedagogues will do without the tape recorder



The mysterious Mrs Smith

Nina Morgan on William's woeful wife



Seeing through Lyell's eyes

Sarah Day reports from two events at the British Science Festival this year, organised in association with the Geological Society, which demonstrated the broad range of areas in which geoscientists can have an impact


North Sea bares its teeth

Fossilized shark teeth reveal a fresher, more isolated Palaeogene North Sea, writes Sarah Day


November 2009

Ussher in a new era: Joe McCall finds a political hot potato in a grain of sand


Glossop Lecture & Award 2009

The Glossop Award goes to Stacy English



Pacific rise

Postgraduate student Iain Neill (Cardiff University) refutes James and Lorente's assertions that the Pacific origin paradigm is in trouble


Pro-POP: fundamental concepts in favour of the Pacific model

Pro-POP - some fundamental concepts...


November 2009

Three new books reviewed



Pressures beyond rubies

Alan Wright on the "Star of Tanzania"


A filling for the dentist

Andrew Brown on how he blocked his dentist's fissure


Online Special

Flash in the Phan

British Science Festival: The last 530 million years are a bit of a blip, really, say geologists


Free the bones

Ian Randall attends the launch in Bristol of a new scheme to reconstruct Britain’s oldest known


Life's a gas

British Science Festival: Since the advent of the Gaia Theory, we are used to thinking of our Earth as being made (and kept) inhabitable by the life that inhabits it. But before life could get a strong foothold on this planet, free oxygen had to become available in the atmosphere. Ted Nield reports on a new model that could explain an embarrassing lag


Out with the old...

British Science Festival: Lord May of Oxford uses his Presidential Address to bring up the R Word


Peering in

Brisith Science Festival: Scientists have high hopes but low expectations of the peer review system, a new survey reveals


Too little, too slow

British Science Festival: Britain needs to push ahead with CCS now if it is not to miss its targets and lose out in the technological race


Trapping the gas

British Science Festival: Carbon capture and storage (CCS) could be an industry the size of present day North Sea oil, geologists tell the British Science Association


Alleluia, it's raining rocks

Ian Randall reports


Saturn's new ring

NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope makes a discovery


Serpentine argument

New theory on seismic anisotropy