Folder: William Smith Geological Map of the Firth of Clyde, 1815

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WHAT is under our feet? We stand on a vast, invisible kingdom of earth and rock, of ditches and mines, of chambers, of veins, of minerals and of groundwater,”We stand on a vast, invisible dominion of earth and rock, ditches and mines, chambers, veins, minerals and groundwater,” This description comes from his preface to Strata, a new book that discusses and reproduces William Smith’s historic chart, the first geological map of Britain, produced in 1815.

“Sheets I-II, A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales with part of Scotland; Exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and the fen lands originally overflowed by the sea and the varieties of soil according to the variations in the substrata, illustrated by the most descriptive names by W. Smith. William Smith, 1815.”Sheets I-II, A Delineation with part of Scotland of the Strata of England and Wales; Exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and the fen lands originally overflowed by the sea and the varieties of soil according to the variations in the substrata, illustrated by W. Smith’s most descriptive names. William Smith, 1815.

What’s that? A peek at the world’s base.

STRATA: Geological Maps of William Smith were published by Thames & Hudson and costs £ 50 © University of Oxford, Natural History Museum.

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