Paper No. 1
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FATHER SKEHAN'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEYS
A northern Maine native, Father James Skehan has had a half-century of influence on the development of state geological surveys. His dissertation work mapping in northern Vermont became a foundation for future geological investigations. During a critical transition period at the Maine Geological Survey, his participation on the Survey's Advisory Committee ensured sound leadership at the Survey and programs that focused on relevant issues. His establishment of the Weston Geophysical Observatory at Boston College brought focus to northeastern seismicity and the need for a truly national seismic network. Broad and far-reaching interpretations of tectonic events in Massachusetts and neighboring states have focused renewed investigations in those areas. Through his popular contributions to the Roadside Geology series, he has taken geological survey information to the masses. From his unique spiritual and geological perspective, Father Skehan's essays on evolution and creationism helped frame this important national debate.