Posted by Chris M Monday, February 2, 2009

Map Monday #10: Darwin's South America Cross Sections

With February being the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of Species, how about a map by Darwin. The above map shows three cross sections of the southern Andes. Included are not only elevations but simple bedrock types (granite, sandstone, etc...).

Map Information
Darwin, C. R. 1846. Plate 1. From Geological observations on South America. Being the third part of the geology of the voyage of the Beagle, under the command of Capt. Fitzroy, R.N. during the years 1832 to 1836. Smith Elder and Co.

Map from The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online


Callan Bentley said...

Great images! The man was a geologist before he was a biologist.

Note: February is only* the bicentennial of his birth, not the publication of the Origin. That didn't happen until November of 1859.

* Darwin was also awarded the Wollaston Medal in February of 1859, though -- nine months BEFORE the publication of the work we most remember him for today.

Chris M said...

D'oh, of course you are correct