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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 2013


Out of love?

August's Soapbox got you all excited about mapping.  Ted Nield returns to his field of dreams...



Bring back real mapping

Far from scrapping the undergraduate mapping exercise, industry needs universities to beef it up, says Stuart Harker *



Gravity and mind

Is there a human response to tectonic stress? Alan Watson* thinks so, and is about to publish a book about it.


Geology and other stories

Helen Quinn, geologists turned TV producer, on how TV documentaries like 'Rise of the Continents' are made.



Keep calm and carry on

As Remembrance Sunday approaches, Nina Morgan remembers geologists who served.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books reviewed by Mike Rosenbaum, Pete Webb, Brian Marker and Lewis McCaffrey


Society News

Chartership News

Accreditation officer Bill Gaskarth hails record numbers of applications and validations.


Research funds open for bids

The 2014 round of Society Research Funds is now open for applications.


Fellowship renewal

Renew now!  Don't miss out on your monthly Geoscientist!


Geofacets GSL Millennium Edition

The autumn programme of webinars on the Geofacets-GSL Millennium Edition is well underway.


William Smith maps for sale

William Smith's county maps now available in high resolution.


New Ejournals & Ebooks

Online access to Earth & Environmental Science E-journals & E-books


Online Special

Openness and privacy

Openness does not mean that individual's rights to personal data privacy should be compromised, says Jonathan Cowie.



David Alfred Gray 1925 - 2013

Hydrogeologist and Assistant Director of the Geological Survey, who headed its Geophysics and Hydrogeology Division.


Jonathan Patrick (Paddy) Chesterman 1952 - 2012

Oil explorationist with a taste for adventure who worked in major plays worldwide