ATHE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY emerged suddenly from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, like Minerva from the head of Jupiter, so a multitude of special and technical societies came rapidly into life, following the example set by the Society, and many of them have no acknowledged parentage.
At the present time 69 "affiliated" and 34 "associated" societies are attached to the American Association. Also 26 State Academies of Science.
With such spontaneous movement in scientific specialization it was inevitable that geology, the most comprehensive of all the* sciences, should also suffer division; and that the Geological Society should itself become the mother of special branches of earth science. The first movement was for a section within the Society, the meetings of which would be more conveniently located for a large group of the members.
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Written in 1931 by Herman LeRoy Fairchild, and with an introduction by Joseph Stanley-Brown, this definitive history of the Geological Society of America covers the first forty-three years of the Society. It contains sections devoted to an overview of early geological research, the Society's background, key players in the Society's creation and history, and information on the Society's membership, publications, meetings, constitution, and more.