First geological map of Britain, 1815

First geological map of Britain, 1815

C016/9168 Rights Managed

Request low-res file

530 pixels on longest edge, unwatermarked

Request/Download high-res file

Uncompressed file size: 55.2MB

Downloadable file size: 6.4MB

Price image Pricing

Please login to use the price calculator


Caption: First geological map of Britain. This map was published in 1815 by British geologist William Smith (1769-1839). It shows rock layers (strata) in England and Wales and part of Scotland (key at lower left). Smith's work as a canal surveyor allowed him to study geology. He discovered that geological strata could be reliably identified at different places on the basis of the fossils they contained. Smith also proposed the principle of superposition, that if a strata overlays another then it was laid down at a later time. He is considered the father of English geology. This map, published in London, is dedicated (upper right) to British naturalist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820).

Release details: Model release not required. Property release not required.

Keywords: 1800s, 1815, 19th century, 1st, a delineation of the strata, artwork, britain, british, cartography, country, dedicated, dedication, early, earth science, england, english, europe, european, first, geographical, geography, geological, geology, great britain, historical, history, illustration, joseph banks, map, pioneering, region, scotland, scottish, strata, stratigraphy, stratum, superposition, uk, united kingdom, wales, welsh, william smith

Licence fees: A licence fee will be charged for any media (low or high resolution) used in your project.