It seems a reasonable enough idea that a modern government is fulfilling one of its proper functions when it provides adequately for researches about its natural resources. Surely it is no less than a common sense1 attitude toward our possessions, needing no justification, that we should seek to know all about them-what they are, how we can use them, how much of them we can use, and what affects them....
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