International Union of Geological Sciences

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The International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of geology.


The IUGS was founded in 1961 and is a Scientific Union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU), which it recognizes as the coordinating body for the international organization of science. Currently geologists from 120 countries are represented in IUGS through national (and regional) organizations, and 46 Affiliated Organizations. IUGS promotes and encourages the study of geological problems, especially those of world-wide significance, and supports and facilitates international and interdisciplinary cooperation in the earth sciences. The Union's Secretariat is currently located at the US Geological Survey Headquarters (USGS) in Reston VA, U.S.A


IUGS is a joint partner with UNESCO for the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) and they also participate in the Global Network of National Geoparks(GNN). The Geological Society of London oversees the production and distribution of IUGS Publications. The Ministry of Land and Resources in Beijing, China, produces and distributes the Union's quadrennial journal entitled Episodes, as well as providing editorial support. The latest issues of Episodes may be downloaded free of charge .

Currently, IUGS runs five international commissions in the following topics:
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