I made a neat connection in the library map room the other day, and ended up rescuing a bunch of old geology maps that were destined for the recycle bin to use in art projects. With tools like Google maps available on everyone’s cell phones, the old printed-on-paper maps are gathering dust, I imagine soon only very few with historical significance will be spared from an end in the dumpster.
I have a history of rescuing geology maps – my aunt used to liberate cool maps for me from the throwaway bins at the Ministry of Natural Resources, where the big spool printers were constantly rolling off updated diagrams of extremely remote and exotic places.
I loved the swirls of landforms and mysterious markings – better than a lava lamp! Check out swirly lake Cawatose in La Verendrye in Québec – subject to tremendous shearing in Canada’s most ancient geological history, it looks like a giant’s thumbprint.