In 2007, the Geological Society of London, the oldest national scientific society dedicated to the Earth sciences, celebrates its 200th anniversary. Amongst the Society's many wide-ranging activities, scientific publication has a particularly long and successful history, and the Journal of the Geological Society, and prior to 1971 the Quarterly Journal, has been at the forefront of the Society's publishing activities for over 160 of those 200 years. It is therefore most fitting that the Journal should contribute to the Society's Bicentennial celebrations with a series of authoritative reviews of topical subjects in the modern Earth Sciences.

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