Mr. President, colleagues, and friends: It is with great pleasure that I accept the Waldemar Lindgren Medal of the Society of Economic Geologists this evening. This is truly an honor and quite humbling, and I would like to thank my colleagues, Jan Peter, Mike Lesher, Wayne Goodfellow, and Dave Lentz, for nominating me.

I think I was destined to become a geologist. As a child, I remember searching for fossils and pyrite in shales in rocks of nearby limestone quarries of my home in western Newfoundland. I was always impressed with the beauty of the landscape in this area, particularly...

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