The Society was founded in 1920 for the dual purpose of advancing the science of geology and applying geologic principles, knowledge, and techniques to useful ends. Analysis of program content shows that its programs have become increasingly concerned with geology, geochemistry, and geophysics as applied to the study of mineral deposits, and that other fields of economic geology, such as petroleum geology, engineering geology, and ground-water geology, have developed independent organizations. Growing impact of modern experimental research increases the importance of the Society's role as a link between field and laboratory.

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