Perhaps a review of the past may make us
better geologists in the future.
In 1954, Ed McKee finished the classic GSA monograph
#61 on the "Stratigraphy and History of the Moenkopi Formation."
The Moenkopi formation extends over significant portions of Colorado,
New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, where this Triassic formation adds
some of the stunning red colors to the famous landscapes of the
A remarkable work, it detailed the areal distribution,
thickness, lithologic variations (laterally and vertically), sedimentary
structures and fossils (plant, invertebrate and vertebrate), as
well as cataloging tracks and trails.
An exceptionally broad and complete study, boldly
executed. We rarely see this scope of work nowadays.
Fortunately for our profession, we still have some
bold geologists. Bert Bally is well along on his multi-volume work,
The Geology of the World.
In addition to being a bold geologist, Bert, of course,
is an emeritus faculty member in the department of geology and geophysics
at Rice University.
Send him your encouragement.