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Second trip to Europe

Joseph Paxson Iddings
Second trip to Europe (in Recollections of a petrologist, Davis A. Young (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (April 2015) 512

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The winter of 1892-1893 was an exciting period for members of the U.S. Geological Survey. Congressional criticism of Major Powell's administration had reached the point when the appropriation had been reduced, necessitating the retirement of several of the ablest geologists, and where the open antagonism of geologists not directly connected with the organization was awakened. A senatorial investigation of the management of Survey affairs had been ordered and a committee appointed, with Senator Wolcott of Colorado as chairman. Letters from Washington told of the discontent and the struggle going on within the bureau. C.D. Walcott was called to the assistance of the director, who found the current setting too strongly against him and his former administrative associates. Van Hise also was taken into consultation as representing the wisdom of some of the western members of the Survey. A plan was proposed to reduce the allotment for topographic work and increase that of the geological division, and it was successfully put through Congress. The geologists who had been retired were reinstated, but the former arrangement of divisions was discontinued and the younger men given independent fields of work, where their individual abilities could have the opportunity to display themselves in competition with those of their former chiefs. In this readjustment, the director proposed that I should take up the exploration of the region immediately east of Yellowstone National Park, while Mr. Hague should devote himself to finishing his report on the geology of the park begun ten years before.

ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 512
Title: Second trip to Europe
Title: Recollections of a petrologist
Author(s): Iddings, Joseph Paxson
Author(s): Young, Davis A.editor
Affiliation: Calvin College, Department of Geology, Geograpy, and Environmental Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, United States
Published: 20150430
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
Accession Number: 2015-058205
Categories: Igneous and metamorphic petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
N35°00'00" - N71°00'00", W25°00'00" - E75°00'00"
Source Note: Online First
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201526
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