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== Account of the work of the Survey ==
 
== Account of the work of the Survey ==
 
[[File:P815508.jpg|thumbnail|Victoriae Reginae. C A P. An Act to facilitate the Completion of a Geological Survey of Great Britain and Ireland, under the Direction of the First Commisioner for the Time being of Her Majesty's Woods and Works. [31st July 1845]. ]]
 
  
 
=== Introduction ===
 
=== Introduction ===
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The whole energy of the staff was now directed to the complication as quickly as possible of the one-inch map of each of the three kingdoms. That of England and Wales was finished in 1883, and that of Ireland in 1887. The completion of these maps liberated some of the officers in England and in Ireland, who were accordingly transferred to the Scottish staff. As the Survey of Scotland was commenced long after that of the sister kingdoms, and was carried on for many years by a staff of only two surveyors, it is not yet completed. At the present time the unsurveyed portions of the country include the central mountains of Sutherland and Ross, with most of Inverness-shire, the western parts of Argyllshire, and most of the Western Isles.
 
The whole energy of the staff was now directed to the complication as quickly as possible of the one-inch map of each of the three kingdoms. That of England and Wales was finished in 1883, and that of Ireland in 1887. The completion of these maps liberated some of the officers in England and in Ireland, who were accordingly transferred to the Scottish staff. As the Survey of Scotland was commenced long after that of the sister kingdoms, and was carried on for many years by a staff of only two surveyors, it is not yet completed. At the present time the unsurveyed portions of the country include the central mountains of Sutherland and Ross, with most of Inverness-shire, the western parts of Argyllshire, and most of the Western Isles.
  
When the one-inch map of England was completed, most of the staff was detailed for the purpose of mapping the superficial deposits in the southern half of the kingdom, and thus providing materials for a complete agronomic map of the whole of Britain. An opportunity has at the same time been afforded to revise the published maps and bring them up to date. The nature and extent of this revision will be more particularly noticed in subsequent pages. When the one-inch map of Ireland was finished the staff was reduced, partly by transference to Scotland and partly by retirement, only such a number of officers being retained as might suffice for the necessary revisions which the progress of time requires. To these revisions also fuller reference will be made in the sequel.
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When the one-inch map of England was completed, most of the staff was detailed for the purpose of mapping the superficial deposits in the southern half of the kingdom, and thus providing materials for a complete agronomic map of the whole of Britain. An opportunity has at the same time been afforded to revise the published maps and bring them up to date. The nature and extent of this revision will be more particularly noticed in subsequent pages. When the one-inch map of Ireland was finished the staff was reduced, partly by transference to Scotland and partly by retirement, only such a number of officers being retained as might suffice for the necessary revisions which the progress of time requires. To these revisions also fuller reference will be made in the sequel.  
  
 
== Survey Administration ==
 
== Survey Administration ==

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