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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...

October 2010


Climate scientists are innocent. OK?

Not necessarily, says Ted Nield


Not so jolly hockey stick

Bob Ward criticises a recent Geoscientist book review for being too lenient



More than equal

Nina Morgan on a female pioneer who proved she was more than equal to her male colleagues


Captain Jack's Century

Prof. John Mackie of Otago is 100 this year



Mauro Beltrandi 1921-2009

Dr Mauro Beltrandi died peacefully in London on 1 December 2009 aged 88


Roger Iain Holt Williamson 1961-2010

Remembered by Iain A. Williamson



Earth's oxygen highs

Ted Nield reports on new research based on fossil charcoal that can help establish the oxygen content of past atmospheres


The burning of the leaves

Ian Randall reports on a suggestion that cultivating broad-leaved plants could prove a practical precaution against climate change


In Brief October 2010

Joe McCall describes some more news that has streaked across his firmament recently...



Reviews October 2010

Two new reviews by Sean Mulshaw and Ken Hollywood


Beyond the deep water horizon

GSL President Dr Bryan Lovell takes a longer-term view of the Macondo-1 disaster



The great divide

Bruce Menzies and Geoff Davis explain how detailed geological understanding now literally underpins the resort of Lyme Regis, plagued for ever by landslippage


Le cachot de Cyparis

Ted Nield visits Martinique and the cell of the world's most famous survivor


Society News

Etude sur le nord-Etbai etc., by Ernest Ayscoghe Floyer (1893)

All librarians have tales about the things they have found in returned books. Michael McKimm reveals one of ours - a letter from Gladstone