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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 2016


An end of deference

Heads roll more easily now, not less; but not because the guilty have discovered consciences, says Ted Nield



Quakes deformation and nukes

How are seismic waves transmitted to buildings?  David Cox investigates the implications of two different views.



Tipping point

Ted Nield describes Britain’s worst mining-related disaster 50 years ago this month, from which grew a new awareness of Engineering Geology's importance


Aberfan's engineering legacy

Paul Maliphant, Helen Reeves, Bob Leeming and Darren Bryant revisit the Aberfan Disaster and ask – what did we learn?


Society News

Valete Sarah Fray

The Executive Secretary, who was appointed in October last year, has left the Society, writes Ted Nield


Call for nominations

Would you consider standing for election to Council?  The application forms are included with this issue, writes Stephanie Jones.


Chartership news

Bill Gaskarth, Society Accreditation Officer, has news about Ground Engineering and Mentoring


SOBRA assessment

The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment has developed a new accreditation scheme, writes Adler deWind.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Six new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Kevin Privett, Catherine Kenney, Jonathan Scafidi and Gordon Neighbour



Cambrian confrontation

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan relishes a stratigraphic struggle



Grosvenor Rex Davis 1922-2016

Mining geologist who recognised the importance of sedimentary processes and became Head of Department at RSM