Plans for the symposium on Adirondack Geology represented by the 13 papers and 10 abstracts that follow began in the Spring of 1978. At the Northeastern Section meeting of the Geological Society of America in Boston, Noel Potter, Jr., a committee member for the 1979 Northeastern Section meeting to be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, was asking everyone he saw for ideas about possible symposia for the meeting. I mentioned that much work was in progress in the Adirondacks and that the time might be ripe “soon” for a symposium. Subsequently, I dismissed the thought. For one thing, Hershey didn't seem to be a likely setting for a symposium on the Adirondacks.

Soon, however, a letter arrived, suggesting in all seriousness that we proceed. I agreed to send letters to test the climate for a symposium. Perhaps there would be enough people to warrant a half-day meeting.

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