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Abstract

This brief survey of the development of geology and of the teaching of geology in the Soviet Union is the first of its kind in English and is intended merely to introduce the subject and to induce English geologists to learn Russian and so make available for themselves the immensely rich scientific resources of the U.S.S.R., or failing that, to make themselves acquainted through the medium of abstracts and translations with the geological work being done in the U.S.S.R.

The article is intended as a guide and it comprises sections dealing with the history and multifarious branches of geology as it exists in the 1950's. There is space only for major developments in the organisation of teaching and research, and for outstanding contributions to the science of geology, associated generally with the names of the principal geologists of the U.S.S.R. The article also includes very brief bibliographical references.