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On this date In 1879, the office of director of the U.S. Geological Survey was authorized by Congress.  The Survey was national in scope for the classification of public lands and their geological structure, mineral resources, and products. The first geological survey financed by Congress was a survey of the land between the Missouri and Red Rivers.  http://bit.ly/WBdCU9

On this date In 1879, the office of director of the U.S. Geological Survey was authorized by Congress. The Survey was national in scope for the classification of public lands and their geological structure, mineral resources, and products. The first geological survey financed by Congress was a survey of the land between the Missouri and Red Rivers. http://bit.ly/WBdCU9