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Remembering Parke Snavely
Parke Snavely should hold a special place in the hearts of those in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s Coastal and Marine Geology Program.
In 1963, the USGS tried to establish a Marine Geology program but had little success in finding funding. The marine program did not really begin to exist as a strong scientific arm of the USGS until Parke agreed to be the Chief of the Office of Marine Geology and Hydrology in 1965.
Parke was the one who got the marine program off the ground and left it happy, healthy, and well funded. We are the inheritors of his wisdom and guidance during the program's early, formative years.
Parke was a giant presence in both regional geology and marine geology on the West Coast. He was also a true gentleman in every sense of the word.
For those of you who did not know him, I can only wish that you had.
I will miss him, as will everyone else who knew and interacted with him. Parke, wherever you are, may the winds be fair, the waves small, the skies blue, and the rocks always exposed.
in this issue: Seamount Environments off California
Parke Snavely: Tribute by Terry Bruns
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