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Strata William Smith’s Geological Maps

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By: Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OMNH)(Author), Douglas Palmer(Introduction By), Robert MacFarlane(Foreword By)
256 pages, 811 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, and colour maps
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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Lavishly illustrated with full-colour geological maps, tables of strata, geological cross-sections, photographs, and fossil illustrations from the archives of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Geological Society, the London Natural History Museum, and others, Strata provides the first complete presentation of the revolutionary work of nineteenth-century geologist William Smith, the so-called father of English geology. It illustrates the story of his career, from apprentice to surveyor for hire and fossil collector, from his 1799 geological map of Bath and table of strata to his groundbreaking 1815 geological strata map, and from his imprisonment for debt to his detailed stratigraphical county maps.

This sumptuous volume begins with an introduction by Douglas Palmer that places Smith's work in the context of earlier, concurrent, and subsequent ideas regarding the structure and natural processes of the earth, geographical mapping, and biostratigraphical theories. Strata is then organized into four parts, each beginning with four sheets from Smith's hand-coloured, 1815 strata map, accompanied by related geological cross-sections and county maps, and followed by fossil illustrations by Smith contemporary James Sowerby, all organized by strata. Essays between each section explore the aims of Smith's work and its application in the fields of mining, agriculture, cartography and hydrology. Strata concludes with reflections on Smith's later years as an itinerant geologist and surveyor, plagiarism by a rival, receipt of the first Wollaston Medal in recognition of his achievements, and the influence of his geological mapping and biostratigraphical theories on the sciences – all of which culminated in the establishment of the modern geological timescale.

Featuring a foreword by Robert Macfarlane, Strata is a glorious testament to the lasting geological and illustrative genius of William Smith, a collection as colossal and awe-inspiring as the layers of the Earth themselves.

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The Oxford University Museum of Natural holds an unrivalled William Smith collection, including not only his 1815 map and unpublished county maps but also his vast archive of diaries, letters, published works, charts and plans.

Art / Photobook New
By: Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OMNH)(Author), Douglas Palmer(Introduction By), Robert MacFarlane(Foreword By)
256 pages, 811 colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, and colour maps
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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