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    THE meeting of the International Geological Congress, which is to be held in Paris in 1900 (August 16 to 28), promises to be one of exceptional interest and success. It takes place at a time when a grand universal exhibition will attract many men of science from all countries. It represents a science of progressive character, which deals not only with the history of the earth and of the life which has existed, but furnishes the basis for geographical study, lends aid in art and manufactures, and is of essential importance in mining, agriculture, and hydrology. Subjects such as these draw men together irrespective of their nationality, and form bonds of union which political differences cannot rend asunder. The Committee of Organisation is constituted as follows: President, M. Albert Gaudry, Professor in the Museum of Natural History; Vice-Presidents, MM. Michel Lévy and Marcel Bertrand; General Secretary, M. Charles Barrois. The excursions which have been planned to follow the ordinary meeting number no less than nineteen, and they are so arranged that every important district in France and along its borders, and all formations of particular geological interest will be visited. Among the districts are the Paris Basin, the Boulonnais, Normandy, the Ardennes, Picardy, Brittany, Touraine, Dordogne, the Alps and Mount Blanc, Bordeaux, and the Pyrenees.

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    Notes. Nature 59, 515–518 (1899) doi:10.1038/059515a0

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