The William Smith Map in a Finnish Newspaper

A portion of the article accompany the William Smith Map in Turun Sanomat newspaper

In today's mail, the newspaper arrived. It wasn't the San Francisco Chronicle on the San Jose Mercury News though. It was a copy of the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat, published in Turku, Finland. It wasn't until I turned to page 15 that I recognized something - a reproduction of the 1815 William Smith Map that we had scanned. William Smith published a map of Geology of what is now a good part of the UK, and earlier this year, we, along with the British Geological Society, celebrated 200 years since its publication. The map and article, all in Finnish of course, presumeably talks about the story of the man and how William Smith single-handedly authored and published this map. The newspaper used our scan both in the paper version and also in their online version. 

For more on what we did with this map, please follow the links below:

William Smith Map Bicentennial Celebration by Branner Earth Sciences Library.

William Smith Map Display.

Digitizing the William Smith Map.

View our copy of the map.

View our map, georeferenced and other copies here at the UK site unveiled earlier this year.

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