A TOPOGRAPHICAL MAP OF THE MONMOUTH SHORE WITH THE INTERIOR FROM METUCHEN TO LAKEWOOD.

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George Cook


A Topographical Map of the Monmouth Shore with the Interior from Metuchen to Lakewood.

Lithograph, 1888.
Image size 24 x 34 3/8" (60.9 x 87.4 cm) plus margins.
Good condition and color
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 93489
Price: $175.00
Publisher : Published by the Geological Survey of New Jersey.
This large chart encompasses parts of the Middlesex and Monmouth counties in New Jersey, and Staten Island in New York. It details the topography and terrain of the region, with elevation shown by hachures, contouring, and labeled heights. Also labeled are coastal ocean depths, forests, rivers, ponds, and town and regional names. A detailed network of roads and railroad lines crosses the region. Other interesting notes in the map show the locations of swamps, mills, cranberry bogs, and former battlegrounds.

The chart is part of a larger body of work undertaken by George Hammell Cook, then the state geologist of New Jersey. Cook’s official geological survey of New Jersey was a predecessor for the later U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, on which this map is based. Cook was also a chemistry professor at Rutgers University, and part of his research focused on marl mining and chemical analysis of the geological features in New Jersey. This scientific background is evident in the features included in this map, especially in its northwestern corner where Cook notes locations and mines for different types of clays and minerals, including red clay, fire sand, kaolin, and feldspar.
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