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STRATA: William Smith’s Geological Maps

Product Code: STRATA
Series: Miscellaneous titles
Author/Editor: By Peter Wigley, Douglas Palmer, John Henry, Tom Sharpe, Jill Darrell, Diana Clements, John Mather, Dave Williams. Foreword by Robert Macfarlane
Publication Date: 22 October 2020
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Published by Thames & Hudson.  Distributed by GSL from March 2021.

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This sumptuous and comprehensive evaluation showcases William Smith’s 1815 hand-coloured map, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland, and illustrates the story of his career, from apprentice to fossil collector and from his 1799 geological map of Bath and table of strata to his detailed stratigraphical county maps.
The introduction places Smith’s work in the context of earlier, concurrent and subsequent ideas regarding the structure and natural processes of the earth. The book is then organized into four geographical sections, each beginning with four sheets from the 1815 strata map, accompanied by related geological cross sections and county maps (1819–24), and is followed by displays of Sowerby’s fossil illustrations (1816–19) organized by strata. Interleaved between the sections are essays by leading academics that explore the aims of Smith’s work, its application in the fields of mining, agriculture, cartography, fossil collecting and hydrology, and its influence on biostratigraphical theories and the science of geology. Concluding the volume are reflections on Smith’s later work as an itinerant geologist and surveyor, plagiarism by his rival – President of the Geological Society, George Bellas Greenough – receipt of the first Wollaston Medal in 1831 in recognition of his achievements, and the influence of his geological mapping and biostratigraphical theories on the sciences, culminating in the establishment of the modern geological timescale.

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Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN:
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780500252475
Publisher: Distributed by GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 256
Weight: 2.4 kg


Foreword by Robert Macfarlane • Introduction by Douglas Palmer • 1. Borders and the North. Fossils: London Clay to Greensand. i. Apprentice by Peter Wigley • 2. Wales and Central England. Fossils: Brickearth to Clunch clay and Shale. ii. Mineral Prospector by Peter Wigley. iii. Field Work by Dave Williams • East Anglia and the South East. Fossils: Kelloways Stone to Fuller’s Earth Rock. iv. Cartographer by Tom Sharpe. v. Fossil Collector by Jill Darrell and Diana Clements. • The West. Fossils: Blue Marl to Redland Limestone. vi. Well Sinker by John Mather. vii. Mentor by John Henry • Table detailing William Smith’s fossils featured as photographic plates in this book. Bibliography and Sources of illustrations. Index and Acknowledgments.


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