155. Decade of North American Geology (1995)

Decade of North American Geology

A short paragraph appearing in the 1983-1984 Earth Sciences Sector Annual Report was the first public notice that the Geological Survey of Canada had embarked upon an ambitious joint-publishing initiative with the Geological Society of America, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary in 1988 with the release of 27 geological volumes under the banner of the Decade of North American Geology (DNAG), 1988-1998.

The Survey’s contribution to the project was to provide a synthesis of Canadian geology that would serve as a benchmark of research up to that point in time. The production of the nine DNAG volumes that were to make up the Geology of Canada series was a monumental undertaking that required much planning, reordering of work priorities, and diversion of staff.

This cooperative effort by over 1000 individuals from government, academia, and industry was proclaimed to be “a quantum leap in our collective knowledge about the North American continent.” Geology of Canadian Mineral Deposit Types, the final DNAG volume released in 1995, went on to become one of the GSC’s all-time best sellers. Sadly, owing in part to budget constraints, the series’ ninth and most eagerly awaited summary volume was never produced.

Category: Publications

Decade: 1990s


Price, R.A., 1984. Earth Sciences Sector. Annual Report: 1983-1984; Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, Ottawa.

Geological Survey of Canada, 1988. Annual report: 1987-1988; Geological Survey of Canada.

Miall, A.D. (ed.), 2008. The sedimentary basins of the United States and Canada; in Sedimentary Basins of the World 5, Elsevier, p. 1–610.

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