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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 27 No 5 01 June 2017

On seeing the most rocks

Between 1946 and 1967, the Society ran field trips for Honours students, funded by the oil industry. Geoff Townson* has collected some memories.

Geological Student Tours 1954

Sustainable futures

Joel C. Gill and Martin Smith ask why geology matters in the attainment of the UN’s sustainable development goals.

Geology for Global Development

Girls into Geoscience



Sarah Boulton and Jodie Fisher* on their three year-old initiative to increase geoscience participation among females.

Girls into Geoscience

Interview - Meet Richard Hughes


Ted Nield talks to the incoming Executive Secretary, who begins work this month.

Richard Hughes on a ship
Latest articles
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Unearthed: Impacts of the Tellus Surveys of the North of Ireland

Low-flying (56m) aircraft criss-crossing the co...


A History of the Solar System

This an unusual book, packed with information, ...

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Metals, Energy and Sustainability - the Story of Doctor Copper and King Coal

In our era, as global challenges rightly take c...


Squeezy does it

Geologist and science writer Nina Morgan discovers that geology can be music to the ears


Chartered Scientist (CSci)

Why not become a Chartered Scienctist (CSci)? asks Dawne Riddle


From the Publishing House

Jenny Davey with the latest from the Geological Society Publishing House

Rock Climbers

Research grants 2017

The Research Grants Committee considered 44 applications from Fellows and non-Fellows, early-career and established researchers.  Find out who they are and what they got.


MyGSL relaunch imminent

Miriam Purdue has news of the re-launch of the Fellows Area of the website, 'MyGSL', ending months of frustration.

Burlington House Flag

Society closure notice

Both Burlington House and the Publishing House will be closed on Tuesday 18 July for staff training.

Society Meeting 1830

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

2017 Book Reviews

Have a read, and if you're a Fellow consider reviewing one yourself.

May 2011

Geoscientist Archive

Look through previous Geoscientist issues from 2007 to the present.


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Book Reviews

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

Geoscientist has a number of books available for Fellows to review. We also invite publishers to send us books to be reviewed.