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January 01, 1932


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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The Geological Society of America, 1888-1930

Herman LeRoy Fairchild
Herman LeRoy Fairchild
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