William E. Logan’s 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley

Edited by Charles Smith & Ian Dyck
Categories: History
Series: Mercury Series (0316-1854)
Publisher: Canadian Museum of History
Paperback : 9780660196626, 256 pages, May 2007

Table of contents

AbstractResumeList of Maps and FiguresAbbreviationsPreface

IntroductionThe 1845 Expedition up the Ottawa RiverKinds of Records and their Contents-The 1845 Journal-The 1845 Field Notebooks-Logan's Drawings-The 1845 Plotting Sheets and Compilation Maps-Report to the Legislative Assembly, 1846Background to the 1845 Expedition-A Brief History of the GSC and its Fieldwork to 1845-Rationale for the Ottawa River Survey-Preliminary Preparations-Geological Field Methods and ToolsSignificance of Logan's 1845 Fieldwork-Geology-Topographical Mapping-Economic Development-National Museum Development-History of the Upper Ottawa ValleyEditorial Approach

Logan's 1845 Ottawa River Journal


Appendices1. A Biographical Sketch of Sir William E. Logan2. The 1845 Geological Survey Act and Logan's Proposal for Carrying it into Operation3. Members of Logan's 1845 Field Party4. Rocks, Minerals, Fossils and Water Samples Shipped to Montreal from the Ottawa Valley in 18455. Catalogue of Economic Minerals and Deposits in the Ottawa Valley, 18456. The Rochon Micrometer Telescope7. Correspondence Relevant to the 1845 Expedition8. A Fragment of Logan's 1946 Journal

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The pioneering geology of Sir William Edmond Logan laid the groundwork for the Geological Survey of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the Canada Museum of Science and Technology. This volume presents Logan? 1845 field journal, written on a geological expedition up the Ottawa River from Bytown to Lake Timiskaming. The journal is sprinkled with fascinating stories of daily life during the expedition, supplemented with Logan? sketches of the landscape and geological features. An introductory essay provides insight into Logan? records, the survey instruments he used, and the significance of his 1845 fieldwork.