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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 2012


News vs Comment

Ted Nield on a changing Geoscientist and the revolution in digital media


Open University under threat

Nick Rogers* laments the coming of a philistine utilitarian view of education that is now threatening to destroy everything the OU has worked for since its foundation


Society News

Research Funds open for bids

The 2013 round of Society Research Funds is now open for applications. 


Fermor Fund anniversary

The winner of the Fermor Prize, Ross Anderson of Harvard University, also won a research grant that enabled him to attend the 2012 Fermor Meeting.



Volcanism, impacts and mass extinctions (short, print version)

Professor Gerta Keller et al.* survey the state of mass extinction studies, over 30 years since Walter and Luis Alvarez, Frank Asaro and Helen Michel discovered the KT impact


Volcanism, impacts and mass extinctions (long version)

In this longer, online-only version of their feature, Professor Gerta Keller et al.* survey the state of mass extinction studies, over 30 years since Walter and Luis Alvarez, Frank Asaro and Helen Michel published their seminal paper on the KT impact layer.


Folded or flat?

Paul Johnson, Society Map Librarian, tells the story of the Society’s maps.


Books & Arts

Book Reviews

Four new book revies by David Rothery, John Henry, Steve Rowlatt and Jason Harvey



Distant Thunder

As geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers, geology of a sort has already provided clues to life on Mars



Derek Flinn 1922-2012

Distinguished and colourful structural geologist who spent his career at Liverpool University and specialised in the geology of Shetland.


Ronald George MacLean 1925-2012

Oil industry geologist whose reconnaissance discovered the missing US warplane Lady be Good, wrecked in the Libyan desert 15 years before, marooning her unfortunate crew.