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Alaska Geological Society

The first meeting of the Alaska Geological Society was held in Anchorage December 3, 1957. This group held meetings on a regular basis. On October 7, 1958, membership dues were approved and on November 8, 1960, a membership of 39 approved a statement of purpose and by-laws. The group has grown steadily to the present total of 350 members.

Diversity has been a source of strength for the Alaska Geological Society. Geologists from the academic, mining, petroleum, and engineering fields are represented in its membership.

The society grew as geologists found that meetings offered exposure to the many facets of Alaskan geology and the opportunity to meet other Alaskan geologists. The program chairman sometimes was a a  loss to think of a subject appealing to all the geologic interests represented but it soon was apparent that a good paper on any branch of geologic investigation captured the attention of the entire group.

The society now meets regularly twice a month except during the summer when special meeting are held at the call of the president.

Much of the work of the society is done by standing committees. Noteworthy contributions have been made by the Stratigraphic and Publications Committees which have prepared and published structure and stratigraphic studies and guidebooks. The continuing Education Committee has obtained world-renowned speakers and resented outstanding seminars and special programs for the membeshi0p.

The society is not interested solely in itself. The Community Services committee initiates a volunteer-geologist speaker pool and provides the Anchorage Borough School District with science and geology classes by many lecturers on a variety of subjects.

The Alaska Geological Society (AGS) is a not-for-profit organization of both professional geoscientists and general earth science enthusiasts.  Our mission is to promote interest in, and understanding of, the geology of Alaska and to provide a forum and common organization for those interested in geology and related earth sciences.  We have monthly luncheon meetings that are open to the public and that feature presentations by professional geoscientists from academia, government, and industry (mostly oil & gas and mining).  We also host large technical conferences and are active in promoting earth science education in the community.  AGS is based in Anchorage, Alaska

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