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The Canadian Geological Survey

Nature volume 31, page 265 | Download Citation



A PHRASE used in your condensed report of my remarks after Sir J. H. Lefroy's paper, read on January 13 at the Colonial Institute, may, I fear, be misunderstood by some of my friends in Canada. I am reported speaking of the Geological Survey of that country as “being slowly conducted.” My remarks were not intended to imply the slightest reproach. I explained that progress could not be rapid because of the vast extent of the territory and the natural difficulties of many parts of it. I think, indeed, that it is surprising that, having regard to the means at their disposal, the Survey have accomplished so much. I urged that, as it was impossible for the present staff to prospect specially for minerals without abandoning the general work of surveying, which is of the more importance for science, some specialist should be added to it, to whom the former duty should be assigned. I did not use quite so string a phrase as that I “believed the district north of the St. Lawrence was rich in valuable minerals.” My opinion is that, as certain parts are known to be rich, and as there is great uniformity in the geology of the district, it is very probable similar deposits exist in the (very large) unexplored portion.

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