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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 2012


Ledges legend

Ted Nield on fossilist Extraordinaire Steve Etches' 20-year battle for a museum


Pointcounter point

Haydon Bailey concludes the long-running debate on the future of micropalaeontology



Polygon puzzle

Kea Giles on the polygons that point to a wet Mars


Wreck of a medusoid?

Joe McCall describes an important new finding on an exciting new discovery in India


Society News

Join Council

Why not join Council? asks Edmund Nickless



100 years of mobilism

Wolfgang Jakoby celebrates the centenary of Wegener's Continental Drift hypothesis


Kimmeridge legend

Ted Nield meets Steve Etches and his unique collection of Kimmeridgian fossils


Books & Arts

October 2012

Two new reviews by Joe MCCall and David Nowell




Dr Karen Darke, paracyclist 2012


Earth heritage magazine

by Colin MacFadyen


Climate change

Distant Thunder - Nina Morgan on Charles Lyell's curious 'climate change' hypothesis



Stephen John Mills 1942-2012

Oil industry geologist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the world’s sedimentary basins and a pioneer of plate tectonic theory in hydrocarbon exploration


George Richard Orme 1931 - 2012

Carbonate sedimentologist who transferred his i...