Abstract of the Reports of the Surveys and other Geographical Operations in India for 1870–71

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    WE learn from these reports that during the season of 1870–71, the Great Trigonometrical Survey has been proceeded with on six series, and the complete work is represented by 11,203 square miles of principal, and 10,076 of secondary triangulation. The total area surveyed up to 1871 by the Topographical Surveys which do not include the Topographical work of the Trigonometrical Survey, is 665,909 square miles, three times the area of France. The Geological Survey has been going on more briskly than in previous years, and the Geological Surveyors are gradually building up the materials which will enable a geological map of India to be prepared. The tidal observations, from which much was expected, and for which gauges were made and sent out to India more than two years ago, were not gone on with on account of the financial difficulties of the Indian government. The government has finally adopted Mr. Hunter's plan for the spelling of Indian names; it is as near an approach to what is known as the “scientific system,” as the public in the present state of education are able to endure. The “scientific system” consists in scrupulously rendering letter for letter, without any particular care to preserve the pronunciation. Uniformity in the spelling of geographical names is a great matter, no matter on what principle it may be based.

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    Abstract of the Reports of the Surveys and other Geographical Operations in India for 1870–71. Nature 7, 281 (1873) doi:10.1038/007281a0

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