The goal of purchasing in this subject area is to support the research needs of faculty and students in geology, meteorology, and related fields. Geology is generally defined as the study of the earth. The study of meteorology involves the description of the earth’s atmosphere and the processes responsible for its behavior. Also, contemporary meteorology is an earth-system science with ties to a variety of human experiences. None of these subject areas are highly-ranked in importance at ISU and are competing with much more prominent programs at the University of Iowa. However, there are other programs whose students and faculty use this collection.