In 1961, James Minard of Fox Chase Road, Chester Township gave a fascinating account of his trip to Egypt as a member of a U.S. Geological Survey mission. U. S. Geological Survey. His purpose was to geologically map the western desert of Egypt, a total area of approximately 740,000 square kilometers. Jim, son of the Robert Minards, became a geologist upon graduation from Upsala College in 1948. Source: Observer-Tribune.