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Origins and early years of the U.S. Geological Survey

Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey was established on March 3, 1879, in the closing hours of the final session of the 45th Congress. The bill appropriating the money for sundry civil expenses of the Government during fiscal year 1880 was signed by President Rutherford B. Hayes. Included in the bill was the provision for a new agency under the Department of the Interior; it was charged with responsibility for “classification of the public lands, and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain.”

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Origins and early years of the U.S. Geological Survey
Series title Earthquake Information Bulletin (USGS)
Volume 11
Issue 2
Year Published 1979
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
First page 40
Last page 46