(a) An examination of the geological formations of the state, with special reference to their economic products, namely: Building stones and other constructive materials and resources, clays, ores and other mineral substances and fuels, the prevention of their waste, and the utilization of by- products;
(b) An examination of the physical features of the state with reference to their practical bearing upon the occupations of the people, the industrial development and the material prosperity of the several portions of the state, having due regard to their varying resources, conditions and needs;
(c) The preparation of special geological and economic maps to illustrate the resources of the state;
(d) The preparation of special reports, with necessary illustrations and maps, which shall embrace both a general and detailed description of the geology and natural resources of the state;
(e) The consideration of such other scientific and economic questions as in the judgment of the director shall be deemed of value to the people of the state. The director may enter into cooperative agreements, grants and contracts and establish accounts for such purposes.