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State geological surveys: Their growing national role in policy

Compass

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Abstract

State geological surveys vary in organizational structure, but are political powers in the field of geology by virtue of their intimate knowledge of and involvement in legislative and political processes. Origins of state geological surveys lie in the recognition of society that settlement and prosperity depended on access to a variety of natural resources, resources that are most familiar to geologists. As the surveys adapt to modern societal pressures, making geology serve the public has become the new mission for many state geological surveys. Geologic mapping was the foundation of most early surveys, and the state surveys have brought mapping back into the public realm to meet today's challenges of growing population density, living environment desires, and resource access.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
State geological surveys: Their growing national role in policy
Series title:
Compass
Volume
75
Issue:
2-3
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
42
Last page:
44
Number of Pages:
3