On May 22nd 1570 the first atlas of the world was published by Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598), a Flemish scholar and geographer.
“Better mapping of the paths in Orkney can help give more people here the confidence and knowledge to get outdoors. “Heath Brown Ramblers Scotland
“I was struck by the way they reported the story. “Some of the worst damage and power outages are in Aberdeenshire – in the north of Scotland”.”
In part 2 Duncan Lunan explores star maps and how to use them.
Mars used to be a wet world, as evidenced by rock records of lakes, rivers, and glaciers.
On 26th of July 1609 English mathematician and astronomer Thomas Harriot drew the first map of the Moon by observing it through a telescope.
The use and meaning of maps was the subject of a fascinating online talk from Chris Fleet of the National Library of Scotland.
“Some things which were there, are gone, many things are now there, which weren’t there when this map was made”
Professor Wither’s talk was fascinating. His contention was that islands emerge through mapping.
Murdoch Mackenzie’s 1750 chart of Orkney led to a revolution in mapmaking and was the standard work for navigators until the modern admiralty chart.