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Short film about aerial surveying in New Zealand in the 1970s: http://t.co/qGvEtnKo1S

 

(the Wild theodolite that's shown in the first bit... we still used those when I was in college in the late 90s...)


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Love it!



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really cool. Thanks for posting!  I guess these days they just use a sattelite, but it must hav been so cool to be a surveyor being dropped off in the middle of nowhere to do the mapping.  These guys are the Indiana Joneses of the map making world!


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They sure are. I've always enjoyed reading stories about those mapping expeditions. Even more so the ones undertaken in the 19th century (e.g. Great Trigonometric Survey of India). In some cases it's even stranger than Indiana Jones :)


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Yes! I read the book on Everest (apparently he was really narked when people pronounced it Ever-est and not Eve-rest) lol, and the named the mountain after him and we all call it Ever-rest!  I don't know about you but because I like maps family are constantly using the 'easy option' on christmas presents and buy me books on maps all the time, many of which are too dry for my taste (foruntately the one on the Survey of India wasn't).  I'm currently reading 'On the Map' by Simon Garfield which is a good light read, but not as good as 'Just my Type' by the same author (a book on typefaces which is a real must read).


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*edits "to read" list*


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