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The "grand excursion" of the Fifth International Geological Congress (1891); celebrating geological exploration of the American West

K. R. Aalto
The "grand excursion" of the Fifth International Geological Congress (1891); celebrating geological exploration of the American West
Rocky Mountain Geology (June 2011) 46 (1): 85-100

Abstract

The first International Geological Congress (IGC) ever to be convened in North America (5th IGC, Washington, D.C., 1891) allowed American geologists to present results of pioneering mapping in the American West to an international community in a field setting. A 25-day "grand excursion" by rail and stagecoach across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon for some 90 participants was organized by Samuel F. Emmons who had earlier served with the Fortieth Parallel Survey. Other trip leaders were G. H. Williams and I. C. White (Appalachian geology), J. P. Iddings (Montana geology), Arnold Hague (Yellowstone National Park), G. K. Gilbert (Basin and Range faulting, history of pluvial Lake Bonneville, and Niagara Falls region), J. W. Powell (Grand Canyon region), and C. W. Cross (Colorado geology). The stature of the U.S. Geological Survey in this golden age of geology was reflected in the large proportion of its members among IGC field-trip leaders and/or guidebook contributors.


ISSN: 1555-7332
EISSN: 1555-7340
Coden: WUGGAO
Serial Title: Rocky Mountain Geology
Serial Volume: 46
Serial Issue: 1
Title: The "grand excursion" of the Fifth International Geological Congress (1891); celebrating geological exploration of the American West
Author(s): Aalto, K. R.
Affiliation: Humboldt State University, Department of Geology, Arcata, CA, United States
Pages: 85-100
Published: 201106
Text Language: English
Publisher: University of Wyoming, Dept. of Geology and Geophysics, Laramie, WY, United States
References: 30
Accession Number: 2012-000531
Categories: Miscellaneous
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. portrs., sects., 2 tables, geol. sketch maps
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, University of Wyoming. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201201
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