Tag Archives: Triangulation Lines

Missed Signs (Bench Marks, Flush Brackets, Cable Markers)

Getting ready for Lewis entails getting my ‘eye in’, I need to be more proficient in spotting Bench Marks. Last week I found out I had lived many years within a gnat’s crotchet of some of the best in the … Continue reading

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Map Mark Making

The look of a mountain.Crucially – with neither faint (contour) lines nor numbered heights – we have illustration IX. It probably represents the stage before the invention, on it are marked the perimeter stations – where a theodolite would have … Continue reading

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Scaling the Mountain

Journey north: A1, A9; spent pondering scales for drawings: A3, A5? No need to curse the ‘badnef of the weather’ this time, heading for the camp site I see Schiehallion’s Western Edge for the first time; a cool pinnacle glistening … Continue reading

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Great Lines (triangles, skeletons & spots)

My original sources of enlightenment regarding Charles Hutton’s invention of contour lines were firstly Countryfile on TV (watched with my mum), second Wikipedia, third Edwin Danson’s book ‘Weighing the World’.  Hutton was a computing wizard (long a verb before a … 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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A question of Scale

It does seem odd to head for Europe’s flattest country for a project on contour lines, but this morning found me sitting in Rotterdam City Archives waiting for a map to be brought to my table, it’s one I’d seen … Continue reading

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