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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 2017



Ted Nield ponders the nature of 'genius'



A community stake in geological disposal

For over 40 years, UK Governments have failed to secure a site for an underground radwaste repository. Phil Davies has a proposal…


Society News

Call for nominations

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


Lyell meeting 2019 open for proposals.  Deadline - 2 February 2019.  Naomi Newbold writes.



Fifty years on

Marking the launch of the new McKenzie Archive, Sue Bowler interviews the 1983 Wollaston medallist


The Translators

Ted Nield on the first English translation of the first ever mining textbook – Agricola’s De Re Metallica, 1556.


Online Special

Drawing to gain insight, drawing to explain

John Black finds that drawing - using new technology - has not lost its power to aid understanding.


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Six new books reviewed by Ted Nield, Paul Younger, Mark Griffin, Tomy Bazley, Trevor Emmett, and David Edwards



Poetry and Geology

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan relishes some 19th Century geological rhetoric in rhyme.



George Williams 1917-2016

Shell geologist who foresaw the hydrocarbon potential offshore Brunei and beneath the northern North Sea.


John Mendum 1945-2016

Structural geologist with BGS who specialised in the geology of the NW Highlands and Islands of Scotland


Hazel Margaret Prichard 1954-2017

Expert on the Platinum Group Elements and tireless champion for the importance of minerals and mining.