61: Outcomes of the Life of a Geologist: An Autobiography

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To read Dale's autobiography is to encounter the sweep of history his life spans. He was born when Henry David Thoreau was living at Walden Pond, but did not die before telephones and rural electrification had reached such places, and New England as a rural agricultural society powered by the horse had become a largely industrial manufacturing society powered by petroleum. His professional life encompassed the eras of Civil War reconstruction, European grand tours and America's Gilded Age, when government patrimony and corruption adversely affected Dale's career. Then there is his personal story: the family soap opera of riches to rags, an aborted education, a "boy's will." Later comes the test of his stamina. He spent four decades working to analyze and map the structure of an enormous piece of ground, walking and riding on terrible roads, trails, and pasture paths to produce handcrafted geological reports and maps for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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