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STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS ALABAMA * The Geological Survey of Alabama was organized on January 2, 1848. Its offices are located in Smith lIall, at the University of Alabama, Tus- caloosa, Alabama. SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES The Survey endeavors, either by correspondence, newspaper articles, or printed bulletins, to make examinations into and to issue reports upon all the natural resources of the State, including ores and minerals, rocks, fossils, trees, general geology, topography, etc., particular attention being given the various economic products. ORGANIZATION The Geological Survey of Alabama is not governed by a Board. The State Geologist is the executive officer and is required to give his entire time to the work of the Survey. His annual salary is fixed by State law. On October 1, 192T, Dr. Walter B. Jones was appointed State Geologist, by the President of the University with the approval of the Governor, for a period of satisfactory service. The staff of the Survey mnsists of five full-time technical, one part- time technical, three full-time clerical, members, and two students who are working on various projects and who receive compensation on the hourly basis. The part-time geologist is also professor of geology in the University. By State law only one member of the University teaching staff may be employed, and that for the summer period. Collections made by the Survey stag, or otherwise secured, go into the Alabama Museum of Natural History, but the two departments are so intimately associated that they appear as one. The State Geologist is also Director of the Museum. There are no other official connections. * Information furnished by Walter B. Jones, State Geologist, March, 1932. 1
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i'? THE STA TO GEOLOGICAL SUR TrE YS AND APPROPRIATIONS The Survey is supported solely bar the State and the appropriations since 1928 have been as follows: Year Geological surveys Topography Printing (approximate) 1928 ................ $34,000 $10,000 $18,000 1929 ................ 424,000 10,000 11~000 1930 ................ 50,000 10,000 X lg31 ................ 50,000 10,0 ~X 1932 ................ 50,000 Suspended Suspended a Appropriation continues at $50,000 annually, until otherwise ordered by the Legislature. The appropriation is based on a fiscal year ending September 30. The appropriation of $10,000 annually for topographic work has been made contingent upon cooperation with the United States Geological Survey, which has contributed an equal amount. This work has been temporarily suspended. Approximately one-third of the appropriation is spent for administra- tive and routine clerical work, one-third for geologic and geographic work riot including printing, and one-third for other matters pertaining to the other natural resources of the State. As already noted, $10,000 has been devoted each year up to the present, to t.opographie mapping. Approximately forty-four per cent of the State is satisfactorily covered with topographic maps. PUBLICATIONS The publications of the Survey comprise 18 Reports of Progress, 16 Special Reports, 9 Monographs, 41 Bulletins, 10 Circulars, 7 Maps and 12 Museum Papers. The Reports of Progress at the present time contain little or nothing of scientific interest and are published in limited editions, not intended for general distribution. These contain the results accomplished during the period covered, general plans for the next quadrennium, and the finaceial report as required by State law. The special reports for the most part deal with some particular feature of geologic interest, such as a coal field, mountain, valley, or series of formations, while the mono- graphs treat of some industry, resource, or group of organisms through- out the State. The bulletins deal with a considerable variety of subjects, but are usually smaller and less technical than the monographs and special reports. The museum papers deal with the museum, the eollee- tions therein, and museum problems in general, and are sent only to persons and institutions pa.rtieularly interested in such matters. Un- less otherwise indiea.t.ed, all publiea.tions are oetavos, in paper covers.