William E. Logan's 1845 survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley edited and introduced by Charles H. Smith and Ian Dyck.

"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's 1845 field journal, written on a geo...

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Main Author: Logan, William E. Sir, 1798-1875.
Corporate Author: Canadian Museum of Civilization.
Other Authors: Dyck, Ian G., Smith, Charles Haddon, 1926-
Format: Book Government Document
Language:English
Published: Gatineau, Qué. : Canadian Museum of Civilization, ©2007.
Series:Mercury series.
Mercury series. History paper ; 54.
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Online Access:CONNECT
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Summary:"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's 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's sketches of the landscape and geological features. An introductory essay provides insight into Logan's records, the survey instruments he used, and the significance of his 1845 fieldwork."--Pub. desc.
"William Logan was a self-motivated learner, one of Canada's great scientists when geology was in its infancy. Among his many accomplishments was laying the foundation for the modern Geological Survey of Canada. Logan is here allowed to speak in his own voice, and a very entertaining one it is too. The sense of immediacy is palpable. His field journal, written as his party explored and mapped the Ottawa River from Lachine to Lake Timiskaming, and from the Mattawa River to Lake Nipissing, covers the months from the end of June, when Logan set out from Lachine, to the middle of November, when he returned to Bytown ... gives much supplementary information, including annotations to the field journal, appendices with Logan's biography, a potted history of the Ottawa Valley, and notes about Logan's mineral finds ... It is a "must' for geologists, lovers of Canadian history, and genealogists with roots in the Ottawa Valley."--Www.aelaq.org.
"We know Sir William Edmond Logan, in all his impressive and inspirational glory, as one of Canada's greatest scientists, as the Father of Canadian Geology, and as the founder of the Geological Survey of Canada. Indeed, it is hard to imagine what the state of earth science research in Canada would be today without his imprint and the kickstart he gave it in the 1840s ... is a journal kept by Logan during fieldwork that took him up the Ottawa River to Lake Timiskaming from late June to November in 1845 ... More informal than Logan's field notes and correspondence, the journal reveals the human, everyday Logan, in his very own words. Jotted down at the end of a long day, usually after his field notes were written up and his maps updated, Logan's journal also provides a glimpse of life and work in Canada in the 1840s ...
Smith and Dyck have pinned the journal into the context of its times using a wealth of supporting information. These include background materials about the 1845 expedition, a description of the Geological Survey in the 1840s, and the field tools and methods in use at that time. The significance of Logan's 1845 fieldwork is discussed from various points of view including geology, topographical mapping, economic development, national museum development and the history of the upper Ottawa Valley. Appendices provide a biographical sketch of Logan and notes about the members of his field party; a discussion of the 1845 Geological Survey Act, which renewed the Survey's mandate, and Logan's take on it; an inventory of the minerals, fossils and water samples collected during the 1845 expedition; a catalogue, prepared by Logan in 1851, of the economic minerals and deposits to be found in the Ottawa Valley; a description of the Rochon micrometer telescope, which Logan introduced to Canada for topographical surveying; and correspondence relating to the expedition."--//journals.hil.unb.ca/index.php/GC/article/viewArticle/10242/10631.
Item Description:Includes index.
"This book contains a transcription of Logan's complete journal for his 1845 expedition up the Ottawa River from Montreal to Lake Timiskaming"--Preface.
Physical Description:1 online resource (xvii, 238 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-225).