The first issue of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology (QJEG) was published in 1967; the journal gained the strapline Encompassing Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology in 1979, and later became the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (QJEGH). The papers published in the journal cover all aspects of engineering geological and hydrogeological research and practice, and include some important cases studies as well as more fundamental papers. As the journal approaches its 50th anniversary, both 50 years and 50 volumes, this paper reviews that first half-century and acts as an introduction to a following series of review papers that will deal with the contribution of QJEGH papers to each of several important disciplines within the general ambit of the journal.

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