Mining geology has recently been described as a branch of engineering, using in part the "laws" of geology. In contrast to that viewpoint, the present writer holds that the chief value of a mining geologist derives from his use of the best possible geological procedures, whatever the problem. In fact certain aspects of mining geology are properly called research.The recognition of the research aspect and the opportunity to pursue it along with the usual service jobs in mining will attract more good men to the field. This is a challenge to the teacher who wants to place his students and to the company that wants to find more ore.

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