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Author Name:    ZASLOW, Morris LOW, A.P.) LOGAN, William E.

Title:   Reading the Rocks : The Story of the Geological Survey of Canada 1842-1972. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Macmillan Company of Canada / Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and Information, Toronto / Ottawa, 1975, 1975

ISBN Number:   0770513034 / 9780770513030

Seller ID:   13453

ZASLOW, Morris. Reading the Rocks : The Story of the Geological Survey of Canada 1842-1972. Toronto / Ottawa : Macmillan Company of Canada Limited, in association with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources and Information Canada, (May) 1975. First Edition. Pp (10),[3]-599,(1) + colour portrait frontispiece + 12 pages of plates. Profusely illustrated. Double column. Large 8vo, reddish cloth, gilt lettering to spine.

Morris. Zaslow, Ph.D., F.R.S.C., F.A.I.N.A. (b. December 22, 1918, Rostern, Saskatchewan - d. January 17, 2013, Thornbury, Ontario) - Canadian historian.

Bibliography of Macmillan of Canada Imprints 2368.
Cassell 2097: "Contains canoe travel".

" "The Geological Survey of Canada can lay claim to more than 130 years of impressive achievement since its inception in 1842, with its stated purpose to assist the [ progress of Canadian mining. The responsibility has been admirably and consistently fulfilled, with the result that nearly every citizen of this country has been in some way aftecte d by this remarkable government agency. Reading the Rocks, written in a lively narrative style, sets out the Survey's many accomplishments and, at the same time, offers an insight into a unique group of Canadian pioneers.

In serving the mining industry of Canada the Survey has carried out research on various types of rock, compiled statistics of mineral production, and studied actual mining processes. As the Survey's geologists learned about clues hidden in the rock that could point to the existence of orebodies, their maps and reports helped prospectors to avoid the frustration of searching huge areas of unproductive rock. These mining activities eventually grew into what, until recently, was the Mines Branch of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, now the Canada Centre for Mineral and Energy Technology. 'Beyond question, ' as Dr. Zaslow says, 'the Survey has been a significant source in the Canadian mining industry's rise to its present pereminence, and it has assisted the economic growth of the nation in a major way.'

In the early days, the men of the Survey not only mapped the geology of the vast territory that would become Canada, but also collected thousands of samples of rock, plant and animal life, Eskimo and Indian artifacts and handcrafts - and even of the languages and legends that they heard as they travelled. These collections eventually developed into the National Museum in Ottawa. Not surprisingly, the Geological Survey gained an undisputed reputation as an expert authority on the Canadian wilderness.

In addition to the Mines Branch and the Museum, a third large division of the federal government oews its existence to the Geological Survey. Topographers relieved the geologists of the Survey of the work of mapping, and this service grew into the highly efficient professional Topographical Division, which in turn grew into today's Surveys and Mapping Branch of the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources.

The Geological Survey of Canada quickly established high standards of science and technical skills in the government service, and has been a string force behind the professionalization of the public service. Throughout its long existence it has been an important and unusual arm of the national government. The Survey has had far-reaching effects on all Canada and on all Canadians, and Dr. Zaslow's book brings it a long-overdue recognition." - from the dj

Contents :
Part One: The Formative Years, 1842-1881.
1. Founding the Geological Survey of Canada.
2. The science and the man.
3. Early trials and triumphs.
4. Geology of Canada, 1863.
5. From provincial to Dominion survey.
6. The Survey from sea to sea.

Part Two: Growing Pains, 1881-1907.
7. Washing dirty linen.
8. Rolling back the frontiers of Canada.
9. Starting the search for answers.
10. A matter of direction.
11. The Survey and Canada's century.
12. Into the Department of Mines.

Part Three: Through Uncertain Times, 1907-1950.
13. The Survey reorganized.
14. The Survey on display.
15. The Survey goes to war.
16. The twenties - operating in a decade of prosperity.
17. The thirties - the Survey downgraded.
18. The forties out of the shadows and into the light.

Part Four: The Survey Today, 1950-1972.
19. Since 1950 a general view.
20. Rounding out the geological map of Canada.
21. In 601 Booth Street - the laboratory and supporting services.
22. Research provides new answers.
23. Looking beyond Canada's boundaries.
24. Logan's legacy: some achievements of the Survey.

Appendix I. The administrative chain of command, 1842-1972.

Appendix II. A selected list of former employees of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Appendix III. The permanent staff of the Geological Survey of Canada as of 31 December 1972.

Many Newfoundland and Labrador references in the 25 page index. Under Newfoundland, Labrador, A.P. Low, Wabana, Strait of Belle Isle, Hamilton River, &c.

Many Nova Scotia references.


Very good in dustjacket, tight and clean. 70.00

Price = 70.00 CDN
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