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ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The American Geological Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the sixth edition of the UNION LIST OF GEOLOGIC FIELD TRIP GUIDEBOOKS OF NORTH AMERICA has just been published. The expanded and updated reference source lists 11,312 field-trip guidebooks, typically prepared for field conferences, professional meetings, and class trips. Publishers include scientific societies, conference sponsors, educational institutions, geological surveys, other government agencies, and commercial organizations. A total of 1,030 organizations are represented.
The sixth edition of the UNION LIST builds upon the previous five editions published in 1968, 1971, 1978, 1986, and 1989:
  • more than 1,030 organizations are listed (up from 780 in 1989 edition)
  • approximately 80 new reporting libraries were added to the database
  • more than a dozen major series were completely revised and a great deal of indexing was added for entries from previous editions
    The sixth edition continues to be restricted geographically to North America -- that is, the area north of the Panama Canal and including Bermuda and the West Indies. To be included in this list, a guidebook must include either a road log or a clear description of the field covered, so that the trip can be replicated. Guidebook titles for field trips scheduled through 1990 are included.
    Each record begins with the name of the organization that holds meetings or conferences. Guidebooks used at these conferences are arranged chronologically, with a list of libraries holding the guidebooks appearing at the bottom of the entry.
    Cross-referencing features include a geographic index to the individual guidebooks as well as a stratigraphic index.
    The UNION LIST was compiled and edited by the Guidebooks Committee of the Geoscience Information Society, Richard Spohn, chair, and published by the American Geological Institute. It is available for $60, plus shipping ($5 within contiguous U.S., $6 to Canada, other shipping rates vary) from the AGI Publications Center, P.O. Box 205, Annapolis Junction, Md. 20701. Phone: (301) 953-1744. Fax: (301) 953-2838. Bulk order discounts are available. All orders must be prepaid. Make check or money order in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank, payable to the American Geological Institute. Orders are sent by UPS whenever possible. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.

    The American Geological Institute is a nonprofit federation of 29 geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 80,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. In addition, 115 colleges and universities are AGI Academic Associates, and 30 private companies are AGI Corporate Members. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the earth-science profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in mankind's use of resources and interaction with the environment.

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