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Map of a geological survey of Xing An
12020-04-30T18:06:57-04:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f353Yutaka Kurimoto, Kōan tonkonku jijō (Dairen: Minami Manshū Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha, 1929). A Japanese survey of Xing An comissioned by the South Manchuria Railway Company.plain2021-08-18T10:03:00-04:00Yutaka Kurimoto, Kōan tonkonku jijō (Dairen: Minami Manshū Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha, 1929).Public domain.Shellen X. WuSXW-0024Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f
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12020-04-30T18:06:13-04:00Surveying Empire8Geological Surveys and the Vertical Frontierplain2021-04-20T14:14:44-04:0046.46918, 121.24832Xing'an40.8106, 111.6522Suiyuan1919-1929Shellen X. WuSouth Manchuria Railroad
Geological surveys bolstered Han Chinese claims to resources in frontier areas from the late Qing through the Republican period and the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949. Both Japanese and Chinese geologists raced to survey contested territories. Geology quickly became the first science formally endorsed by the new Republic. The Geological Survey of China was the new Chinese republic's first scientific institution and began publishing a journal on geological research in 1919.
To fuel plans to develop Xing An, survey teams paid careful attention to potential coal and other valuable minerals in the region. In a grandiose report full of ambitious but vaguely defined plans for the construction of transportation networks, schools, and the creation of a civil administration, the discussion on the development of logging and mining delved into specific details, including information on the locations of coal seams and valuable mineral deposits. Earlier in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Russian geologists and mining engineers had surveyed the region for gold; the Chinese officers brought their own experts. Subsequently, the Japanese-controlled South Manchuria Railroad also showed an interest in developing mining enterprises in the region.