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Professor Daniel T. O'Connel opens his talk with some general remarks about war.
He goes on to speak specifically about the role of geologists in the war effort. Supplying information about ocean currents, inland topography, soil and water conditions, and weather factor inform troop movements, supply lines, water supply, air fields, air raid shelters, and munition dumps. Likewise, geologists can help inform the military regarding appropriate domestic training grounds to prepare troops for deployment to foreign environments like the desserts of Libya.
Geologist may also study aerial photographs and judge the terrain. Geological maps are also a major resource for the military by providing advance notice. He laments that geology courses are not available at West Point. The United States has not embraced the study of military geology in the same way as some other countries, such as Russia.
Finally, he focuses on the contributions of economic geology and the uncovering of mineral resources.
Audio courtesy of the City University of New York
WNYC archives id: 71457