Map Porn Part 2: The Most Beautiful Geological Maps on Earth

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Where Art Meets Science

Scientific visualisations often can look just like objects of visual art. The previous installation of this series, there were topographical surveys visualised on both our moon and Jupiter’s moon. This time, we are focusing on our own Pale Blue Dot.

These maps are not only utilitarian and functional, they are works of art in their own right.

The World’s First Geological Map

Created by William Smith in 1815, this was the map that changed the world and set in motion a century of scientific exploration. Smith’s efforts are remarkable for the time because Smith was not a gent from the upper class, but came from a respectable farming family. As a result of this snobbery, Smith’s map was largely ignored and subsequently plaigiarised. Smith spent a year or so in a debtor’s prison due to his lack of funds. It was only later on in life…

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