This Day in Geography: May 6

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Listed here are significant events relating to geography that occurred on May 6. To suggest an event, please fill out the ‘This Day in Geography’ form.

1859

Death of Alexander von Humboldt, Creator of the First Isothermal Chart.  In 1811, Alexander von Humboldt (September 14, 1769 – May 6, 1859) created the French Geographic and Physical Atlas of the Kingdom of New Spain. Of Prussian origin, von Humboldt travelled the world and was the father of modern day geomagnetic and meteorological monitoring. He created Humboldtian science, which was the practice of collecting quantitative data in multiple locations around the world.


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"Carte des lignes isothermes." by Humboldt, 1817. This map was the first to show the use of isotherms, a term Humboldt coined for lines of equal temperature.
“Carte des lignes isothermes.” by Humboldt, 1817. This map was the first to show the use of isotherms, a term Humboldt coined for lines of equal temperature.

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