Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of


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Indiana Academy of Science Proceedings, v.78, pp.49-64.


"The address, "Urban Geology—A Need and A Challenge", was presented by retiring president, Dr. William J. Wayne, at the annual dinner meeting of the Academy at the Pittenger Student Center on Saturday evening, October 19, 1968. It is an excellent statement of the necessity of including geological knowledge in many phases of urban planning. Dr. Wayne is currently a member of the Department of Geology of the University of Nebraska."


Urban land uses are rapidly converting open land into intensively used land. Generally, in planning those uses, a comprehensive study has included everything except an evaluation of the land in three dimensions. Geologists are eminently well equipped to supply the missing data, but they must also be aware of the needs of the urban community and the kinds of information needed by planners if they are to write reports usable by planners. Urban and environmental geology is a newly expanding field in the use of geologic data to help solve some urban problems in the planning stage. It is likely to become a part of the curriculum in many college geology departments within the next few years.