Editing Geological Survey under Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1855–1871

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Certain improvements had been made on the methods employed in De la Beche’s time. Six-inch mapping was now usual in all districts where six-inch maps were available; and in England and Scotland six-inch maps of the coalfields were beginning to make their appearance. Memoirs descriptive of Sheets and Quarter-sheets were being regularly published in place of the voluminous regional memoirs of earlier days. With the increase of staff a much better organization of the field work and publication had been introduced and more attention had been given to the training and inspection of the junior members of the service. These changes, however, might be regarded as only the necessary developments to ensure more efficiency in the work. Murchison, in fact, strengthened the Survey in all its departments, and that he originated so little is really a tribute to the admirable design which De la Beche had adopted from the start.
 
Certain improvements had been made on the methods employed in De la Beche’s time. Six-inch mapping was now usual in all districts where six-inch maps were available; and in England and Scotland six-inch maps of the coalfields were beginning to make their appearance. Memoirs descriptive of Sheets and Quarter-sheets were being regularly published in place of the voluminous regional memoirs of earlier days. With the increase of staff a much better organization of the field work and publication had been introduced and more attention had been given to the training and inspection of the junior members of the service. These changes, however, might be regarded as only the necessary developments to ensure more efficiency in the work. Murchison, in fact, strengthened the Survey in all its departments, and that he originated so little is really a tribute to the admirable design which De la Beche had adopted from the start.
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