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Geologists' Association: a Record of Excursions made between 1860 and 1890

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THE Geologists' Association began its useful career of work more than thirty years since. It has stimulated-more, perhaps, than any other body—a real interest geology among those who live in and about London, because it has enabled students, still near the outset of their work, not only to meet for mutual help and encouragement, but also to be aided by those repute in science. Of its meetings, not the least pleasant and useful are the excursions. At first these were made generally once a week, so long as weather permitted, and they occupied a Saturday afternoon or at most a single day. Then an occasional journey of longer duration was attempted; now it is usual to undertake excursions, lasting two or three days, at Easter and Whitsuntide, and one of a week or more during the summer holidays. Before each excursion a flysheet is issued to the members with a brief description of the geology of the locality, illustrated by diagrams and containing references to books and papers. Afterwards, a report of the excursion is inserted in the Proceedings of the Association. It was a happy thought to collect together in one volume these scattered notices, for they give succinct descriptions almost all the localities of geological interest readily reached from London, so grouped as to be conveniently accessible. Thus the student, instead of having to compile for himself, from books or maps, a plan of campaign, whether for an afternoon or for a longer time, finds everything arranged ready to his hand, and is directed to the sections best worth visiting. These diagrams and reports possess a further value, that they frequently record sections which can be no longer examined, because they now either are overgrown by vegetation, or have been removed in quarrying. The work therefore is a geological guide-book of an exceptional and a very convenient character to a large district around London, and to several other localities of special interest in England.

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