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September 19, 2016

Monday Geology Picture: Old Maps of Africa

Earlier this year I visited a local wine farm here in the Western Cape of South Africa, and there I saw a lovely display of some reproductions of some old maps of Africa. I’m not sure about the background of these┬ámaps, but I snapped a few pictures because I thought they were interesting. If you recognize any of the maps, please let me know in the comments. Here are a …

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January 27, 2014

Monday Geology Picture: An Early Map of Arabia

Back in September 2013 I visited Dubai for one day during a layover when I was flying from Alaska back to South Africa. I was fortunate enough to be able to sleep on the flight from New York to Dubai, so when I arrived in Dubai I took a quick shower at the hotel then headed out to explore for a few hours. I spent some time at the Dubai …

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December 24, 2010

A Famous Ocean Floor Map

The 1977 World Ocean Floor Map created by Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp. Image taken from here. One of the most famous world maps is the 1977 World Ocean Floor Map (see above) created by Bruce Heezen and Marie Tharp, a pioneering female oceanographer and kick-ass female scientist. Prior to the publication of this map, scientists had very little idea of what the seafloor looked like on a global scale. …

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