Topographic map with stratigraphic column may be oldest known

by Anonymous on Jan. 19th, 2012

1739 Topographic Map of the Dolomites: by Gregorio Piccoli del Faggiol
1739 Topographic Map of the Dolomites: by Gregorio Piccoli del FaggiolCourtesy Public domain
This week's "Image of the Week" entry at Scientific American's Layers of the Earth blog is this drawing by Gregorio Piccoli del Faggiol (1680-1755) an 18th century Italian engineer and cartographer. The title of the illustration (translated from Italian) is: "Description of a cave in the mountains of Verona where many bones of beasts from the deluge can be observed". Created in 1739, the topographic map of the Dolomites is accompanied with a stratigraphic column of the rock layers observed there. And that's what makes this map so special; it may be the oldest of its kind. That's pretty cool, especially for someone like me who likes collecting antique engravings and illustrations related to the earth sciences. I'd love to own an original copy of it.

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