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Remembering Parke Snavely

Tribute to Parke by David Scholl

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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 realms—in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico—just 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 him—he could not help himself. Parke is the progenitor of our continuing USGS mission.

Related Sound Waves Stories
Parke D. Snavely, Jr., Emeritus Geologist and Influential Leader of USGS Marine Studies, Passes Away
Dec. 2003 / Jan. 2004
The Saga of the Journey of the Model A from Valyermo to Menlo Park, CA
Dec. 2003 / Jan. 2004
Tribute to Parke by Terry Bruns
Dec. 2003 / Jan. 2004

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

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Sediment Transport off South Carolina

Sea Floor off Massachusetts

Research cover story:
Snowy Plover Population Recovery

Ecological Repercussions of Mosquito Control

Outreach St. Petersburg Open House

Pink Sunsets Caused by African Dust

GIS Day: University of South Florida

GIS Day: Woods Hole

Students Visit Woods Hole Scientists

Great American Teach-In: Tampa Bay

Meetings Sustainable Beaches Summit

Mid-Atlantic Offshore Sand Resources

Awards Regional Science Excellence Award

AAPG Award for Presentation Excellence

Staff & Center News Birthday Surprise

Parke Snavely Passes Away

Parke Snavely: The Journey of the Model A

Parke Snavely: Tribute by Terry Bruns

Parke Snavely: Tribute by David Scholl

Publications New Map of Hawai'i Sea Floor

USGS Coral Photograph on GSA Bulletin Cover

Dec. / Jan. Publications List

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