Economic Geology had a short gestation. Eleven months from suggestion to publication! The reason was both the people involved, and the tenor of the times—there was a pressing need for a way to communicate in a rapidly emerging field.

The later years of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries were times of intense debate concerning the genesis of mineral deposits. Late in 1904, Josiah E. Spurr pointed out to some friends from the U.S. Geological Survey that a dedicated journal would help disseminate and internationalize the substance of the debates. We know where the friends gathered—at the...

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