Posted on: 8 January 2013

Digital Rare Book:
Account of the operations of The Great Trigonometrical Survey of India
By Colonel Sidney G.Burrard
Printed at The Trigonometrical Survey of India, Dehra Dun - 1906

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INDIA - SEPTEMBER 18: In 1799 Colonel William Lambton proposed a plan for a mathematical and geographical survey. The main aims of what later became the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India were to determine the location of geographical features in terms of latitude and longitude, and to calculate the size of the Earth, using the arc of meridian as a gauge for Earth's diameter. George Everest (1790-1866) worked on the Survey between 1818 and 1843, and was appointed Surveyor General in 1830. The Survey was the longest arc of the meridian ever surveyed. It began at Cape Comorin in 1806, and covered a distance of almost 2400 kilometers, reaching as far north as the Himalayas. It was finally completed in 1866.

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CAN YOU BEAT THAT !!!! Surveying inch of every land, RULED by all sorts of people (Hindu, Muslim, sikh, tribal, nagas, warlords, and the most diverse population in world .... !!!) USING all sorts of transportation (tonga, camel, army of coolies, donkeys, etc) HAVING every type of terrain (hill, forest, mountain, deep jungle in valleys like ones in sahyadris etc, !!!) BRAVING every SEASON & SICKNESS, SUFFERING from all possible types of KNOWN & UNKNOWN diseases, Fevers, Pests, FACED with every type of wild animals threatening your livelihood, BASING your survey for SETTLING LAND HOLDINGS on words and deeds several CENTURIES OLD, SPOKEN & WRITTEN IN TENS of LANGUAGES, HUNDREDS OF DIALECTS, PROVIDED by the People, Panchayats, Village Heads, Khaps, Arbritators, and what have you? by persons of complete foreign origin... The whole process Lasting over Decades, by dedication of thousands of locals, under Leadership of Hundreds, affecting the Most Populated Country of the time - from Afghanistan to Burma. AND BEING REFERENCED EVEN TODAY !!! CAN YOU BEAT THAT !!! ???

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