Water for Industry: A Symposium Presented on December 29, 1953 at the Boston Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Water for Industry: A Symposium Presented on December 29, 1953 at the Boston Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Water for Industry: A Symposium Presented on December 29, 1953 at the Boston Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Water for Industry: A Symposium Presented on December 29, 1953 at the Boston Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The world is in a race for industrial leadership in which the United States and its allies must maintain pre-eminence as a bulwark against nations seeking to destroy democratic government. The industrial might of the democratic nations is a strong deterrent to further world conflict, for it has been this strength that has decided the outcome of the last two world wars.

Industrial productivity requires material resources and human ingenuity. Of all the material resources, water is used in greater amounts than any other product, and it constitutes in bulk by far the major constituent of all material commodities required by industry. With increasing populations and ever increasing needs for water, competition for the available supplies has become critical in many areas. Industry must regard water as a controlling factor in plant location or expansion. Actual or threatened water shortage is a matter of national concern. Sensing the serious nature of the water problem facing industry in the coming years, and its pertinence not only to national security but also to internal economic stability, the American Association for the Advancement of Science invited a panel of experts to present a symposium on Water for Industry at the Annual Meeting of the Association in Boston, December 1953. The symposium was arranged by Section E (Geology and Geography) and cosponsored by Section M (Engineering) and Section P (Industrial Science). Affiliated Associations cosponsoring the symposium were the Geological Society of America, the New England Division of the Association of American Geographers, and the American Geophysical Union. Dr. Thorndike Saville, Dean of the College of Engineering, New York University, served as Chairman of the symposium program.

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