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Remembering Parke Snavely
The obituary printed here and the tribute by Terry Bruns (see article) highlight a little-remembered truth about the impact of Parke Snavely in building and nurturing the growth of the scientific and operational arm of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that is now the modern Coastal and Marine Geology Program.
Parke, a land-oriented geologist, was a programmatic visionary who saw the need for and the importance of a USGS capability to conduct investigations of the coastal and offshore realmsin the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexicojust anywhere and everywhere of interest to the United States.
In the mid-1960s, Parke pioneered ways to get the marine program funded, staffed, and instrumented through the Nation's need to locate new sources of heavy metals. "So, why not look offshore?" he argued successfully.
We all need mentors and caretakers to clear the path of obstacles and find ways to bring our abilities forward. To accomplish this task within the USGS requires scientific inspiration, personal aspiration, and smarts about how our organization works.
Parke D. Snavely, Jr., provided all of this for us at a crucial time and for reasons that were just plain instinctive to himhe could not help himself. Parke is the progenitor of our continuing USGS mission.
in this issue: Seamount Environments off California
Parke Snavely: Tribute by David Scholl
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