Abstract

Introduction

During the past three years it has fallen to my lot as a member of the Committee on Geology and Geography and of the Committee on EducaC tional Relations of the National Research Council to make a study of the strength of the present geological brotherhood and of the ability of educational institutions to supply the needed recruits.

Discussion of the Fundamental Facts

This examination of the status of geology in America reveals two fundamental facts:

1. A surprisingly small number of colleges and universities offer courses in geology.

2. A relatively low value is placed on geology, both as an educational factor and as a practical contribution, by college presidents, deans and faculty; by men of affairs; by Army officers; and by civil engineers.

Statistics and comments supporting these conclusions were given at the Baltimore meeting2 and need not be repeated. They do not compose an alluring picture. . . .

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