The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1979

Circular 823-B
Edited by: Nairn R. D. Albert and Travis Hudson



This circular describes the 1980 programs of the U.S. Geological Survey in Alaska. A brief description of the Alaskan operations of each major division of the Survey is followed by project descriptions arranged by geographic regions in which the work takes place. The mission of the Geological Survey is to identify the Nation 's land, water, energy, and mineral resources; to classify federally-owned mineral lands and waterpower sites; to resolve the exploration and development of energy and natural resources on Federal and Indian lands; and to explore and appraise the petroleum potential of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. Alaska is at once the largest, the least populated, the least explored, and the least developed State in the Nation. More than half of the Nation 's 600 million acres of Outer Continental Shelf lies off Alaska 's coast. The land area of Alaska contains 375 million acres, 16 percent of the onshore land of the Nation. Its resources of all kinds present an opportunity to demonstrate how the needs of both conservation and development can be met for the benefit of the American people.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title The United States Geological Survey in Alaska: Accomplishments during 1979
Series title Circular
Series number 823-B
DOI 10.3133/cir823B
Year Published 1981
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Alexandria, VA
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description viii, 151 p.
Country United States
State Alaska
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