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MAP – poems after William Smith’s geological map of 1815

This is a remarkable anthology of poetry; I cannot think of another geological map or geologist that is so honoured. It is a wonderfully diverse creative response to William Smith’s map, his unique insight and his dramatic life story, evoked in 42 poems from 31 invited poets. – review by John Henry

Earth’s Climate Evolution by Colin Summerhayes

Earth’s Climate Evolution analyzes reports and records of past climate change dating back to the late 18th century to uncover key patterns in the climate system. The book will transform debate and set the agenda for the next generation of thought about future climate change.
20% discount available before May 2015.

A history of paleontology in China

Fossils were discovered early in human history, and their meaning has been interpreted in various ways by Chinese naturalists for over 2000 years. More recently paleontology in China has blossomed into a strong research enterprise, thanks to an enriched intellectual atmosphere, the energy of a promising economy, and the groundwork laid by generations of scientists.

William Smith Meeting 2015: 200 Years of Smith’s Map (Registration now open)

To celebrate publication of the first geological map of a nation 200 years ago, HOGG is organising the Geological Society’s flagship William Smith Meeting 2015. Associated with the two-day conference is an exhibition at the Natural History Museum, a field excursion and a celebratory dinner.

David Oldroyd (20 January 1936 – 7 November 2014)

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Professor David Oldroyd, one of the most distinguished historians of geology of our time.