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Xing An Geological Survey
12018-08-06T11:13:32-04:00Shellen Wu768cb3a87e44745ca18d50f57d38cb14bed89fba21Chinese geological survey of the Xing An region which was included in a translation commissioned by the South Manchurian Rail Road Company. Yutaka Kurimoto, Kōan tonkonku jijō (Dairen: Minami Manshū Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha, 1929).plain2018-08-06T11:13:32-04:00Shellen Wu768cb3a87e44745ca18d50f57d38cb14bed89fba
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12018-04-23T13:40:35-04:00Surveying Empire8Geological Surveys and the Vertical Frontierplain2018-11-30T12:42:49-05:00Shellen Wu
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.
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