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THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY 45 all correspondence and questions pertaining to the State Geological Sur- vey have been handled by Henry V. Howe, Director of the School of - Geology at Louisiana State University. Every effort has been made to keep up the old Survey files and to augment its collections and records. Although there is at present no officially organized State Geological Survey in Louisiana, the Department of Geology at the State University has a working arrangement with the Department of Conservation for the continuance of geological research. They have employed an assistant geologist under the supervision of Mr. lIowe, and the first bulletin financed in this manner was published in 1931. The present plan includes the detailed study of the geology of the State, parish by parish, and the publication of papers on the mineral resources and faunas of the State. The second bulletin of this series will be on the foraminifera of the Jackson Eocene at Danville Landing, Louisiana, and will appear about July i, 1932. Present appropriations are sufficient to permit the publica- tion of two bulletins a year and it is hoped that these appropriations will be increased in the near future. Publications are distributed from the New Orleans office at the State Department of Conservation. Any communication regarding the Geological Survey of Louisiana should be addressed to the School of Geology, Louisiana State University, at Baton Rouge. Although Louisiana has had several organizations oper- ating under the title of the Geological Survey, these have never been officially created by the Legislature, and have always been connected with the State IJniversity. Whatever research is planned for the future will be done by members of the stay and by graduate students. MAINE * The office of State Geologist was created in 1929 and is located at the University of Maine. The address is State Geologist, Wingate IIall, University of Maine, Orono, Maine. SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES The duties of the State Geologist are to investigate the mineral re- sourees of the State, developed and undeveloped; to promote and direct research in the possibilities for the commercial development of mineral deposits; to collect and compile data on Maine geology, including mineral specimens; to assist any department of State which requests his as- sistance; to recommend legislation suitable for stimulating the business of mining; and to' do such other things as may be necessary in the proper *Information furnished by Joseph Conrad Twinem, State Geologist, March, 1932.

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46 THE STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS AND performance of the foregoing duties. All data and information secured by the State Gologist in examination of any mineral deposit or geologic formation are disclosed to the owner of the land examined together with recommendation regarding the possibilities for commercial development. Moreover, such information is not given by the State Geologist to any other person during one week following its disclosure to the land owner. In addition to these duties as outlined, the State Geologist makes ad annual report to the Governor and Council covering his activities for the preceding year. This report contains a description of all lands and properties examined, including the names and addresses of the owners, as well as specific recommendations for action by the Legislature to e~- courage search for and development of mineral deposits. The annual report is printed and distributed free to owners of lands described therein, to all known operators of mines and-quarries within the State, to all departments of State and members of the Legislature, as well as to all public libraries, and high schools, academies and colleges within the State. Other copies are sold to any one wishing to purchase them at a reasonable charge covering the cost of the report. ORGANIZATION The State Geologist is appointed by the Governor for a period of two years. Lucius lI. Merrill was the first State Geologist appointed in 1929. The present incumbent, Joseph Conrad Twinem, was appointed in 1931. He is also on the teaching staff at the IJniversity of Maine. He is paid a per diem fee and expenses while actively engaged in the performance of his duties as State Geologist. He is authorized to employ assistants, pur- chase materials, and publish documents, out of funds provided by the State. The present subordinate staff consists only of an assistant geolo- gist. APPROPRIATIONS The work is supported by an annual appropriation of $2,000, granted directly by the State and independent of all departments thereof. Ap- proximately seventy-five per cent of this is consumed by administrative work and twenty-five per cent by printing. No topographic work is done by the State Geologist, this work being carried on by the Maine Water Resource Commission, at Augusta. PUBLICATIONS Since 1929, only one bulletin has been published, The First Annual Report of the Geology of Maine. Publication is naturally hampered by the small appropriation.