Atlantic Ocean floor

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This map is a map very much in our own era. In a collection of, uh, antique maps, uh, it is kind of the, uh, contrast, if you will, that is useful to make when looking at the- at the maps of three, four hundred years before. I particularly like this map because it essentially accentuates the ocean floor of the Atlantic – something that, uh, was clearly not known to the, um, the mapmakers of the fifteen and sixteen hundreds. And it, uh, it- it- it’s- it’s a wonderful map to show the cleavages in the ocean floor as the continental plates are shifting, moving apart from one another here and forcing themselves together, uh, there. A great colorful work by the National Geographic Magazine, which in many ways was the state of cartography for 50 years in the middle of the 20th Century.


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Title: Atlantic Ocean floor

Contributor: National Geographic Society (U.S.). Cartographic Division

Call Number: SMITH I-28

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