Without wishing to ‘sex up’ the evidence, there is no doubt that ‘Strata’, Smith’s 1815 map–A Delineation of the Strata of England and Wales, with part of Scotland ; exhibiting the collieries and mines, the marshes and fen lands originally overflowed by the sea, and the Varieties of Soil according to the variations in the Substrata, illustrated by the most Descriptive Names–is an outstanding achievement in the history not just of British geology but of the science in general. And, now we can all afford a beautifully produced composite copy at a remarkably affordable price. All geologists ought...

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