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Geological Mapping and the Geographies of Proprietorship in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

Edited by Simon Naylor

in Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780226487267
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226487298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0014
Geological Mapping and the Geographies of Proprietorship in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall

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This chapter explains how the cartographic enterprise can be read as a “form of territorial acquisition” on the part of mapping geologists, focusing the mapping of geology of Cornwall, England. It highlights the importance of maps spatial instruments and as a visual language and as an important tool in the “visual technology” of the natural sciences. This chapter explains that survey of the Royal Geological Society of Cornwall depended on the reductive visual authority of the map as a guide to what could and could not be seen.

Keywords: cartographiy; territorial acquisition; geological mapping; geologists; Cornwall; England; visual technology; Royal Geological Society; maps; geology

Chapter.  10182 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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