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A.I.P.G. was formed to fill an important need of all practicing, qualified, professional geologists, regardless of the nature of their employment. Respectable geologists felt a strong upsurge of resentment against the unethical practices of a small number of competent geologists and against untrained charlatans attempting to do geological work. They also felt that geological advice was not being obtained where needed, in many instances,
partly because of an unclear image of the profession in the eyes of the public. In several areas, local groups formed professional societies to combat these problems and to certify their own members. Together, these things demonstrated the need for a national professional society, supplementing the existing scientific societies and embracing geologists of every category, to establish and maintain professional standards and to coordinate these standards at the national level. A.I.P.G. takes no stand for or against legal registration nationally, but will give the problem continuing study, and provide whatever assistance its State sections may desire. A.I.P.G. was founded by men who love geology and deplore its fractionation. It intends to strengthen the profession internally, and public y certifies that its members are fully qualified professional geologists.
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