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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 2014


Wages of sin?

Ted Nield wonders if we should be outraged by the opening of Arctic shipping lanes.



Why academics should join

David Manning, President, explains why academic Earth scientists and the Society need each other.



Generating New Geo-data

Peter Jones and Vanessa Banks on the geology uncovered in UK wind farm footings


Big Bang Theory

New dating is drawing closer parallels between LIP events and current climate change, says Howard Lee


Online Special

New geological models from BGS

Stephen Mathers (BGS) on the Survey's new digital output


Spencer Compton and Gideon Mantell

Tony Brook explores the relationship between the Earl of Northampton and the noted palaeontologist


Books & Arts

Books and Arts

Three new books and a web site reviewed by Ted Nield, Andrew Robinson, John Cope and Jan Zalasiewicz


Society News

Implementing geological disposal

Bruce Yardley (Chief Geologist, Radioactive Waste Management Ltd) on the new White Paper on geological disposal of radwaste


Accreditation Officer Advertisement (first announcement)

The post of Accreditation Officer becomes vacant soon.  Could this be a job for you?


Policy Update

Flo Bullough and Nic Bilham (Policy & Communications) on two recent meetings in London and India


Geosites project

Sarah Day says a big 'thank you' to all who suggested locations for our '100 Great geosites' project


Chartership News

Bill Gaskarth (Chartership Officer) reports on the latest company training schemes to receive accreditation


Honorary Fellowships

Two new Honorary Fellows are proposed for election


New picture library, and Smith County maps

Society launches new Picture Library: Smoth's County Maps now for sale!


Nominating Fellows for Awards

We invite you to nominate Fellows for awards of other societies.



Hess to retire

The Exectutive Director of the GSA, Jack Hess, will retire in 2015, writes Dawne Riddle


Lord becomes Chartered

Alan Lord (External Affairs Secretary) has become a CGeol - in his 70s.  Why?


New World Heritage Site

Stevns Klint (Denmark) has become a WHS, explains Malcolm Hart


What's in a name?

As Nina Morgan discovers, the shorter the name, the more memorable the character



Ewart Albert Vincent 1919-2012

Distinguished mineralogist, geochemist and infl...


Edward Howel Francis 1924-2014

Distinguished Survey geologist and President of...