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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...

September 2009


Not arguing with the REF

Ted Nield applauds a recent announcement by Science Minister Lord Drayson


Drag act

Sarah Day asks why on Earth should a woman be more like a man to get on in science?



Operation Colombia

Terrain may differ but geoforensics know no boundaries. Adler deWind reports


To hell in a handbasket

To Hell in a handbasket. To coincide with the Annual Festival of the British Science Association, Nina Morgan reflects on an earlier religious divide...


Online Special: Russell Black - geologist and artist

Russell Black - geologist and artist




The Giant Impact Theory of the origin of the Moon is in trouble. Ted Nield reports from the Meteoritical Society meeting in Nancy


In Brief September 2009

Joe McCall reflects on oxygen in the ancient atmos, and the first meteorite tracked from fall to find


GeoEducation News

It's not all about rocks...

Geology can take you wherever you want to go, says Clive Trueman


UK 'perfectly placed' to survive super eruption

Good news for some: survivors of supervolcano eruption would likely include residents of the UK



POP goes the paradigm?

Keith James and Antonieta Lorente think the Pacific Ocean Paradigm should be questioned for the Caribbean Plate


Three New Reviews

Reviews by Doug Holliday, Phil Merrin and Steve Rowlatt


Society News

Accreditation News, September 09

Bill Gaskarth on being an external assessor - in Saudi Arabia


Sponsor a book! update, September 2009

Michael McKimm with news of the Library scheme to repair and restore its most precious volumes



Harappan collapse

Why did the Harappan Civilisation of the Indus River Valley fail? Failing rains, switching rivers or both? Peter Clift reports on continuing research


Indus Valley Civilisations

More information on Indus Valley civilisations


The science of Single Grain Provenance

More information on the science of Single Grain Provenance