Memoirs of a Geologist: From Poverty Peak to Piggery Gulch



In the first half of this century, geologists began mapping the islands within the Pacific basin systematically, following the exploratory expeditions launched by major countries in the previous century. Into the remote oceanic expanses went Thomas A. Jaggar, Ruy H. Finch, Howel Williams, Harry S. Ladd, J. Edward Hoffmeister, Gordon A. Macdonald (to name only a few)—and Harold T. Stearns. These were the days of long ship travel without the convenience of airplanes. Cultural mixing had not resulted in the nearly homogenous amorphism that seems to exist now, and communication within and across the basin was slow and tedious.