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'Scenes in the Ural', scrapbook compiled by Roderick Impey Murchison, 1840-1871.


The scrapbook of watercolours, lithographs, drawings and letters relate to Murchison’s famous geological travels in Russia in the 1840s. The majority of the lithographs, and some of the drawings on which the lithographs are based, were published in: Murchison, R I, 'The geology of Russia in Europe and the Ural Mountains', London: John Murray (1845).
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'Geological Rambles around Montreal and its Vicinity' by Sir George Duncan Gibb, 1868

The contents of this manuscript volume were never published, but has been set out as if it were, with chapters and 'woodcut' illustrations (mostly of fossils) which are in fact original ink drawings by Gibb. The descriptions contained in the volume were compiled between 1851-1853 (although at least one of the illustrations is dated 1855), before the Victoria Bridge and the Grand Trunk Railway were constructed, and prior to the area being covered by the Geological Survey of Canada.
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'Geological outlines of the country in the vicinity of the Swan River, Western Australia...', 1846


Manuscript map with an accompanying geological memoir on the Swan River Colony, Western Australia, by Joshua William Gregory and Francis Thomas Gregory, 1846. The Swan River Colony was a British settlement established in 1829. The area was later named officially as Western Australia.
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Papers of Dan McKenzie (1942-)

Scientific papers, correspondence and other material, 1963-2017, notably McKenzie's work on Plate Tectonics.
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