Oxbows and Meanders

I found this tangled map, created in 1944, over on the ever-fruitful NASA web site for the Earth Observatory. It shows historical changes along a stretch of the Mississippi River. I stumbled upon it while looking at a small collection of river surveys from 1865, and comparing them to modern Google maps. There was this…

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River Garland

Here’s a stunning bit of old cartography, a comparative view of the lengths of the world’s main rivers. Published in 1817 and created by ‘C. Smith’, the rivers were ‘straightened out’ for better viewing, with compass arrows added along their lengths to indicate in which direction they actually twisted and turned. At least, the directions…

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