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History of the collection
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University has its foundations in the arrival of geologist and paleontologist Sir William Dawson, Principal of McGill from 1855 - 1893. In addition, Frank Dawson Adams, was the Logan professor of Geology from 1892 to 1922. As a result of the university's early interest in geology, the collection at McGill University Library is historically rich and significant. With the emergence of new areas of research the collection has continually been updated and maintained to reflect the changing needs of the department.
While every effort is made reflect the current research interest of the department, gaps may develop which need attention, and suggestions to address them are welcome.
Subject scope and current collection development
The Earth and Planetary Sciences department offers undergraduate and graduate programs (M.Sc., PhD.) and is focused on the study of the solid Earth and its hydrosphere and the terrestrial planets. The department is part of the Earth System Science interdepartmental program, and also offers a Joint Major in Physics and Geophysics.
The Osler Library holds a fine collection of early geology books, once the personal collection of Frank Dawson Adams.
The Mossman Collection contains some valuable material on the history of geology.
General collection guidelines
English is preferred. Works published in a language other than English will be acquired if the author or the content is of sufficient importance.
Current monographic titles are purchased. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of older materials thanks to the age of the collection and the department at McGill.
Areas of research in Earth and Planetary Sciences
Hydrogeology (Also collected by Macdonald Campus Library)
- Chemical oceanography, marine geochemistry
- Marine sediments
- Marine Geology
Igneous rocks, volcanic ash, tuff; Sedimentary rocks, sedimentology; Metamorphic rocks, metamorphism; Petrography
- Dynamic and structural geology
Geochemistry, environmental geochemistry, freshwater geochemistry, igneous processes; Volcanoes; Earthquakes, seismology; Sedimentation; Earth movements, mass movements, tectonics, landslides; Structural geology
- Natural disasters
|LC Classification||Subject||Collection Intensity|
|GB651 - GB2998||Hydrology |
(Also collected by Macdonald Campus Library)
|GC109 - GC149||Chemical oceanography, marine geochemistry||4|
|GC377 - GC399||Marine sediments||4|
|QE351 - QE399||Mineralogy||4|
|QE420 - QE499||Petrology||4|
|QE461||Igneous rocks, volcanic ash, tuff, etc.||4|
|QE471||Sedimentary rocks, sedimentology||4|
|QE475||Metamorphic rocks, metamorphism||4|
|QE500 - QE625||Dynamic and structural geology||4|
|QE514 - QE516||Geochemistry||4|
|QE521 - QE528||Volcanoes||4|
|QE529 - QE545||Earthquakes, seismology||4|
|QE571 - QE597||Sedimentation||4|
|QE 597 - 600||Earth movements, mass movements||4|
|QE601 - QE625||Structural geology||4|
|QE640 - QE699||Stratigraphy||4|
|QE701 - QE996||Palaeontology, paleozoology, paleobotany (Collected by Life Sciences Library)||n/a|
|QC801 - QC809||Geophysics |
see policy for Physics
|QC811 - QC849||Geomagnetism |
see policy for Physics