December 4, 2002


Geologists, geophysicists, and petrologists, among others, were
all drawn into service during WW II, and the U.S. Geological
Survey was charged with searching for natural resources
and analyzing the geology in war zones. Here, two members of
the USGS Geologic Branch receive soil samples in advance of
preparing terrain reports on strategic areas in the South Pacific
for military engineers charged with building airfields.