Saturday, October 01, 2011
Josiah Edward Spurr (1870-1950) was an American geologist, explorer, and author.
He led the first United States Geological Survey expedition to map and chart the interior regions of Alaska, starting with the Yukon Territory in 1896 and continuing with the Kuskokwim River region in 1898. His books were seen as the definitive work on Alaskan minerals during the Alaska Gold Rush. They read like an adventure including the expedition's experiences with ice dams bearing down on them and lost provisions, as well as interactions with native Indians and missionaries. His last book, "Geology as applied to Selenology", published just a year before his death, has been criticised, but was influential in the new field.
Read more about Josiah Spurr, free from the New York Times.