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The American Geophysical Union, which was established in 1919 by the National Research Council and for more than 50 years operated as an unincorporated affiliate of the National Academy of Sciences, is now a corporation chartered under the laws of the District of Columbia. The Union is dedicated to the furtherance of the sciences of geophysics through the individual efforts of its members and in cooperation with other national and international scientific organizations.

Article 1. Objects

a. To promote the scientific study of the earth and its environment in space and to make the results of such studies available to the public.

b. To promote cooperation among scientific organizations whose objectives include the furtherance of knowledge in the geophysical disciplines.

c. To initiate and participate in geophysical research programs, including those which depend upon international cooperation.

d. To advance the various geophysical disciplines (1) through programs of the Union and its Sections; (2) by scientific discussion, publication and dissemination of information; and (3) by sponsorship of scientific and technical symposia, colloquia, and meetings.