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106 THE STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS AND TEXAS * The Bureau of Economic Geology of The University of Texas, organ- ized in 1909, is located at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas. SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES The scope of the functions of the Bureau of Economic Geology is essentially that of a State Geologic Survey. It deals in its investigations with geologic problems in a broad sense, including stratigraphy, mineral resources, paleontology, geography, water supply, and other subjects normally related to geologic investigations. ORGANIZATION In the IJniversity organization it is a bureau in the Division of Natural Resources, the other bureaus of this division being the Bureau of In- dustrial Chemistry and the Bureau of Engineering Research. This di- vision was established by the Regents of the IJniversity and is under the control of the Regents through the office of the President, as are other University divisions and departments. The Regents, of whom there are nine, are appointed by the Governor of the State and serve a term of six years, without compensation. The executive officer of the Bureau is the Director. He is appointed by the Regents and gives full time to this work. By special act of the Regents, the responsible marl- agement may be in the hands of an officer other than the Director, and since 1925 the associate director has been the responsible head in the Bureau by direction of the Regents. The salary of the Director and of other officials of the Bureau is that determined by the Legislature as shown in the budget of the University. The Bureau organization includes a scientific and a clerical staff. The scientific staff: consists (March, 1932) of the Director, three geologists, three assistants, and one draftsman. The clerical staff consists of a sec- retary and a stenographer. All appointments, both clerical and scientific, are made by the Regents upon recommendation from the executive officer to the president of the University. The term of service for all members of the Bureau staff other than assistants is without specific limitation and payment is made on a per annum basis. The assistants are for the most part advanced students in geology, their appointment being for a specific time, usually one year. The salaries of the members of the scien- tific stay, above the rank of assistant, range from $3,600 to $6,000 per year. * Information furnished by E. H. Sellards, Director, March, 1932.

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THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 107 APPROPRIATIONS Appropriations for the Bureau are made as an item in the budget of The University of Texas. The appropriations for the past four fiscal years have been as follows: 1927-28: $20,950 Exclusive of salary of Associate Director which is carried irk the budget of the Graduate Faculty of the University. 192~29: 26,950 Inclusive of salary of Associate Director. 1929 30: 26,861 Inclusive of salary of Associate Director. 1930 31: 26,950 Inclusive of salary of Associate Director. These appropriations are not contingent upon cooperation. The ap- propriations are biennial. PUBLICATIONS The publications of the Bureau are almost wholly in the one series of Bulletins. The only exception to this rule is in the form of occasional Press Bulletins, mostly mimeographed, and one Handbook issued some years ago. The publications vary from three to six or seven Bulletins per year. The publications approximate 1000 pages per year, editions being ordinarily 3000 for each bulletin. The subjects include geology, mineral- ogy, paleontology, and closely related subjects. The present publication fund is approximately one-half what we should have to carry forward the work of the Bureau in the best form. PRINCIPAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS SINCE 1911 The results of the Bureau investigations are best shown by the pub- lished reports for the past four years: Contributions to Geology, four volumes, each volume containing five to seven shorter papers and ap- proximating a total of two hundred pages per volume; four county re- ports; four paleontologic publications; three regional stratigraphic pub- lications; seven mineral resource publications by counties; and twenty detailed county geologic maps issued as white prints. PRESENT MAIN LINES OF WORK At the present time the Survey is. carrying forward its established program of geologic mapping and mineral resource investigation. The . . . geo og~c mapping is In a large measure by county units and to some ex- tent on quadrangle units. During the present year probably about two county maps will be issued. One quadrangle report is also in preparation. In cooperation with the United States Geological Survey a. new state geological map is being prepared, which will probably be completed during the present year. 8