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Discusses the author's personal views on priorities in cartography, and briefly summarises technological developments in the field. -R.Harris
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Largely because of historical developments, the disciplines of geodesy, surveying, photogrammetry, cartography and remote sensing which make up the profession of cartographic science are organised into numerous societies at both the national and international levels. Partly as a consequence of this separatism, an effective education system for the profession is not well developed. There are hopeful signs, both nationally and internationally, that the various societies may get together to present a united professional front to the world scientific community. -Author
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The link between soil science and geology is personified in the American father and daughter: soil surveyor William Edgar Tharp (1870–1959) and oceanographic cartographer Marie Tharp (1920–2006). From 1904 to 1935, W.E. Tharp mapped soils in 14 states for the US Department of Agriculture, and campaigned during the late 1920s–early 1930s to raise awareness of the high rates of soil erosion from croplands. The lifestyle of the federal soil surveyor in the United States during the early 20th century involved frequent household moves, and it played a formative role in Marie Tharp’s childhood. Her path to a career in geology was molded by this family experience, by mentors encountered in the classroom, and by social...