Profiles of Rocky Mountain Geologists – a continuing series

Israel Cook Russell (1852–1906) is best known for his geomorphic studies of the Great Basin region and Cascade Arc during the latter half of the 19th Century. As a long–time U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologist and close associate of John Wesley Powell (1834–1902) and Grove Karl Gilbert (1843–1918), Russell was one of the foremost contributors to the science of Quaternary geology in the American West. Rabbitt (1980, p. 163) notes that Russell “endured rather than enjoyed the comforts of civilization” and was enthusiastic about fieldwork, especially in the American...

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