|What was IGY?|
...to observe geophysical phenomena and to secure data from all parts of the world; to conduct this effort on a coordinated basis by fields, and in space and time, so that results could be collated in a meaningful manner.
|Per Encyclopedia.com||Per Columbia Encyclopedia||Per Infoplease.com|
|Per National Academies of Science||Per Wikipedia||Per NOAA (encarta)|
|International Geophysical Year 50th Anniversary Observance|
The following is a description contained in an undated "Space Age News Map" from KCMO, Kansas City.
THE INTERNATIONAL GEOPHYSICAL YEAR, JULY 1, 1957-DEC. 31, 1958
While great publicity has been given to the artificial satellites which ore a part of the IGY program, there are many other fields of activity which ore important. These include studies of the Aurora or Northern Lights; Cosmic Rays in the upper reaches of the atmosphere and In outer space; Geomagnetism Gravity; the Ionosphere; Oceanography; Meteorology, or the causes and patterns of weather; Geology; Seismology, or the study of earthquakes, Volcanoes, and tidal waves; Latitude and Longitude positions of more precise accuracy; and all scientific aspects of Solar Activity, especially sunspots.