King of the 40th Parallel

King of the 40th Parallel

Discovery in the American West

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This book recounts the life and achievements of Clarence King, widely recognized as one of America's most gifted intellectuals of the nineteenth century, and a legendary figure in the American West. King led landmark precursory surveys that positioned him to become the founding director of the U.S. Geological Survey, the most important government science agency in the nation.
This book recounts the life and achievements of Clarence King, widely recognized as one of America’s most gifted intellectuals of the nineteenth century, and a legendary figure in the American West. King’s genius, singular accomplishments, and near-death adventures unfold in a narrative centered on his personal relationship with his lifelong friend and colleague, James Gardner. The two, upon completing their studies at Yale, traveled by wagon train across the continent and worked with the California Geological Survey. King went on to establish the Geological Exploration of the 40th Parallel, a government mapping program that stretched across the western mountain chains from California to Wyoming. This was the precursor to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Founded in 1879, with Clarence King as its architect and first director, the USGS became the most important and influential science agency in the nation. The adventurous aspects of conducting geological fieldwork in the West, much of them documented by letters written by King and Gardner, punctuate a book copiously illustrated with historic maps and photographs showing localities and people important to the story.

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An emeritus geologist with the US Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, Moore describes the work of Clarence King (1842-1901), the first director of the Survey, during the Geological Survey of the Fortieth Parallel, which over six years of active fieldwork extended from Nevada to Wyoming. Among the important innovations of the project was the coupling of topographic and geological mapping. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford General Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780804752237
0804752230
9780804752220
0804752222
Characteristics: xxi, 387 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm
Alternative Title: King of the fortieth parallel

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