Tag Archives: The Netherlands

Horizontal and Vertical Mountains

The research is taking me all over the place, quite literally: Thursday week presenting a talk for the International Conference on the History of Cartography in Amsterdam, then Tokyo the following day for the International Cartographic Conference (see Events for … Continue reading

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What does water look like?

I’ve chosen the right-hand side of the train for potential glimpses of the Merwede River, Gorinchem is the end station but they seem never to mention it. There are regular announcements for ‘Horkem’ though, which I can’t find on the … Continue reading

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Floods

Early morning radio: a man is watching water climbing the stairs. It’s not the first time he’s been flooded out and it will happen again as arguments for dredging and speeding flow versus slowing the onrush – via water meadow … Continue reading

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Making Connections: a line through history

Our Italian Marsigli has important friends; on Isaac Newton’s recommendation he had been elected a member of the Royal Society in 1691. In the 1720’s he visits London then travels on to the Netherlands where at Leiden he also met … Continue reading

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Chasing the Line

Early last year, whilst fathoming the contours of this project, I began consulting that fount of all knowledge and (mis)information: the internet. Here were numerous inventors of the line: should I include all isolines? (no – more on them later), … Continue reading

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Three Hands

Back from the Netherlands and now based up at Highgreen for a week surrounded by high moorland, I’m itching to slip out of the watery depths and into the airy light of contour lines proper. The good news is I … Continue reading

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Plumbing new depths

Buoyed up by seeing Ancelin’s map (and a strong coffee), I changed plans and headed for the site he had surveyed: the Maas. Normally I’m pretty good at navigating ‘down’ to a river, but as the rain got harder – … Continue reading

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