General view of the agriculture and minerals of Derbyshire, volume 1, 1815

Plate: ‘Faults, or dislocations & tilts of the strata’

John Farey

In 1792, Farey was appointed surveyor and steward of the Woburn estates. Through his work he became interested in geology. Particularly how stratigraphy – the study of the order and position of rock layers – could assist land drainage and mining projects. The colour-tinted diagrams in Farey’s volume on the geological sequences of Derbyshire illustrate the numerous and sometimes surprising distortions of the Earth’s strata.

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