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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 2011


Volcanoes innocent - OK?

It's time to own the gas, says Ted Nield


Seeding a revolution

Paul Maliphant thinks a few revolting geologists are just what the construction industry needs



It's quicker by plume

The stately pas de deux of African and Indian plates is linked to the reunion Plume, writes Monique Tsang


Thinking outside the box

Sarah Day digs into the cat litter and discovers a bright future for sepiloite


Society News

Access all areas

Michael McKimm on the Offsite e-Journal scheme


Update on progress

Sponso-a-book update


Honorary Fellow Election

Professor Peter Barrett


New friends in the City

by Peter Dolan



Encounter at Meiringen

can CCS and radwaste find common ground? By Neil Chapman, Julia West and Jordi Bruno


Dragon's den - CO2: volcanic or anthropogenic?

Colin Summerhayes on the myth that volcanoes create more greenhouse gas than humans


Books & Arts

Two New Books

reviewed by Steve Rowlatt and George Forsey



Can't stand the rain

Can't stand the rain: Nina Morgan investigates Victorian field gear


Peter Robert Thomas 1939 – 2011

Peter Robert Thomas (1939-2011) remembered by Jack treagus