The President's Page: AGU and AGI



The last decade has produced a new perspective of science. The Apollo 11 view from Tranquillity Base dramatically reinforced the knowledge that our one earth is all we have; the deep-sea cores brought up by the Glomar Challenger gave us new insight into the history and the workings of that earth, and the recent worldwide concern with pollution and our needs for energy and raw materials made us all aware that, we must learn much more about our earth and apply that knowledge with better judgment.

Item: Only a few years ago, every geologist ‘knew’ that geophysics was only a part of geology; on the other hand, every geophysicist ‘knew’ that geology was only a part of geophysics. But now, with our new perspective, the boundaries implied by the old academic categories are fading away, and in every field we find growing stress on the interdisciplinary approach.