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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 2015


Dying for science

Ted Nield mourns the brutal murders science journalists in Bangladesh.



To Mediocrity

Lewis McCaffrey sings the praises of those who never win the glittering prizes



Limits to growth revisited

Kristin Vala Ragnrarsdottir and Harald U Sverdrup put natural resources into Global Perspective.


Solid foundation

Geology lies at the heart of a public consultation about radioactive waste disposal, due to close in early December, writes Natalyn Ala.


Society News

Council nominations call

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the Society


Appy birthday

The Society and ESRI have produced a special app for the 100 Great Geosites project


Geologist on the moon

Society launches commemorative event to celebrate the first moonwalk by a geologist - Harrison Schmitt


Extended access to journals

GSL is pleased to offer a new combined online journals package from 2015


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Four new books reviewed by Graham Evans, Richard Porter, Rick Brassington and Don Hallett



Golden finish

Ted Nield has lunch with Edmund Nickless, who muses on the changes since his appontment, the Glorious Revolution of 1997, and the future...


The Wasting of time

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan has stumbled over a curious case of research resurrection in an Oxford graveyard.



Desmond Henry Oswald 1923-2015

Exploration geologist who gained national notoriety over plans to drill for oil under Windsor Castle


Michael Cooper 1949-2015

Engineer and geologist who always stressed the importance of ground conditions