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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...

This month's issue
Volume 28 No 10 01 October 2017

Fifty years on

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

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Lyell meeting 2019


The Lyell Meeting 2019 is now open to proposals, writes Naomi Newbold. Deadline for submissions: Friday 2 February 2018.

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Drawing to gain insight, drawing to explain


Realising that the act of drawing itself can give insights.  John Black finds that drawing using new technology has not lost its power to aid understanding. 

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Is the age of the 'amatuer' geologist over?

Liz Withington and Tiffany Slater examine the impact of the ‘amateur’ geologist on modern scientific research.

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Latest articles

Anomalies – Pioneering Women in Petroleum Geology: 1917-2017

If like me, you thought females were scarce in ...


Seismicity, Fault Rupture and Earthquake Hazards in Slowly Deforming Regions

This publication includes 13 papers from topics...

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Books and Arts

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

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Fifty years on

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

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

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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…

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The Translators

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

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Ted Nield ponders the nature of 'genius'

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Call for nominations

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

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The History of the Society

The Society was inaugurated on 13 November 1807 at a dinner at the Freemasons Tavern... Read more about the history of the Geological Society. 


Online Book Reviews

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Disaster Deferred - a new view of Earthquake Hazards in the New Madrid Seismic Zone. (2012) by Seth Stein

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