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David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226487267

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.001.0001

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

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

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(p.345) Chapter Fourteen Geological Mapping and the Geographies of Proprietorship in Nineteenth-Century Cornwall
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Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science
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Simon Naylor
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226487298.003.0014

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

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