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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 2016


Of giant leaps and mankind

Ted Nield wonders at our inability to imagine how ancient peoples managed without modern technologies.



The right stuff

Martin Bennett asks – have you got what it takes to be a successful Exploration Manager?



Wonder-working waters

John Mather marks the 'Year of Water' by surveying the geology of Britain's 'holy wells' and spas.


Oman mangle

Sam Cornish, suoported by the Society's Annie Greenly Fund, has been unravelling subduction and exhumation in NE Oman.


Online Special

Thorney problem

Desmond Donovan traces the hidden mysteries of London's River Tyburn and its lost tributaries.


Books & Arts


Four new books reviewed by David Brook, John Milsom, Douglas Palmer and Tim Tubby


Society News

Society awards and other gongs

Make your nominations now - for Geological Society Awards 2017, and those of other societies



Trend setters

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan peer reviews a pioneering publisher



Robert Frederick Symes 1939-2016

Keeper of Mineralogy at the NHM, tireless supporter of amateur geologists and mineralogists, and prolific writer on the mineralogy of Britain.