Farthest from the Earths Center???
As stated in the Overview, Chimborazo's summit is the farthest point one can get from the center of the Earth and still be on land. It is about 2160m farther from the center than Everest's summit. This is only possible because the Earth is in the shape of an oblate spheroid, i.e., it is flattened (squashed) at the poles and bulging at the equator. Here is a diagram (based on Klenke's Excel spreadsheet). His spreadsheet can calculate the distance from the center of the earth for any point on the Earth's surface (of known elevation above sea level). If you want to know the radial distance for some mountain or place, let Klenke know and he will calculate it for you.
Accessing Humboldt's Discoveries
During their exploration of the Americas, Humboldt and Bonpland observed thousands of plants unknown in Europe. They described them in detail and supervised the preparation of colored lithographs. Although the digital library will eventually accommodate the entire range of descriptions and images, at the present time the Chimborazo figure illustrates how it is possible to access information about the plants that Humboldt considered the most important.
The user can ascertain when and where Humboldt and Bonpland located the 700 plants of the Nova Genera et Species Plantarum. The digital library provides all relevant data to recreate the geographical context of these plants. On the
basis of Humboldt's precise information, it is possible to determine how plant
life and the environment have changed in the last 200 years.
Este de los rios es de 1836...
Finalmente ato otro articulo de Biblioodessey con la obsesion victoriana de presentar informacion visualmente...
Tableau De L'Histoire Universelle depuis la Creation jusqu'a ce jour
This is a fold-out print depicting all of human history from the time of
creation (4693 BC = Adam & Eve; the great flood = 3300 BC) up to the date of
publication (1858 by Eug. Pick, Paris). Vignettes of historically significant
people, places and buildings etc are arranged along the borders.This audacious
document mirrors the style of a similar graphical print by Colton from 1842 [I
don't think it's online] and is in the same ballpark as an 1836 chart by Emma
Willard (http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.com/2005/11/david-rumsey-historical-maps.html). The designer has employed something of a metaphorical display choice: civilisations are presented as a series of rivers -- the widths likely imply the comparative population level of each group versus the world's population -- which 'flow' down through history.
Esto es otra historia, la cronografia Ussher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ussher_chronology),
clave del Creacionismo de la epoca.
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