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Get Ready for Geologists Day!

By April 6, 2013

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One thing you can say about the Soviet Union is that they celebrated scientists. It was a matter of national prestige for the USSR to have scientists of all kinds—agronomists in the farmers' fields, physicists in large labs and academies, cosmonauts in space, and geologists in the vast landscape of the world's largest nation. (Many of them were women, too.) It was not a lack of scientific talent and public support that led the USSR to its ultimate failure; no, it was the emphasis on science that brought old Russia so definitively out of its feudal doldrums.

Wikipedia informs us that in 1966, as a tribute to the discovery of the great West Siberian petroleum province, the Supreme Soviet declared the first Sunday of April to be Geologists Day. As Russian geologists have continued, like Cornish miners, to spread around the world wherever the ground is exploited to bring wealth, Geologists Day has been rising in recognition. So I do believe I'll pull out something strong and icy to mark the occasion. За твоё здоровье!

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