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A symposium on “The Crust of the Earth” was organized by the Department of Geology of Columbia University to mark the Bicentennial of the University. The meeting was held in New York in the Casa Italiana of the University on October 14, 15, and 16, 1954. Generous grants toward the Symposium were received from the National Science Foundation, the Kennecott Copper Corporation, the Gulf Oil Company, the New Jersey Zinc Company, and Columbia University. This volume incorporates the papers prepared for the Symposium. Its publication was made possible through the gracious co-operation of the Council and Committee on Publications of The Geological Society of America, under whose auspices the volume is published.

Columbia University adopted for its Bicentennial theme a high goal of humanity, “Man's right to knowledge and the free use thereof.” It seemed to Members of the Department of Geology that the organization of an international gathering for the purpose of crystallizing present knowledge of the earth's crust and its past history would form a suitable and significant contribution to the Bicentennial celebrations of the University. A symposium Committee was therefore appointed consisting of Ralph J. Holmes (Chairman), Walter H. Bucher, Edwin H. Colbert, Paul F. Kerr, Frank Press, and the writer. In the planning of the program all Members of the Department played a role, and without their generously given time and invaluable advice the Committee would have fared ill. During the meeting, volunteer helpers from the graduate-student body of the Department contributed much to the . . .

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