Digitization of Hand-Drawn Rowan University/Edelman Fossil Park Map

In close coordination with Zachary Christman, Associate Professor and GIS Program Director in Rowan University’s Department of Geography, Planning and Sustainability, I am in the process of digitizing the Rowan University/Edelman Fossil Park’s Fossil Map (https://www.rowan.edu/fossils/).  The map is 1 square meter in size and contains roughly 1300 fossils.  I first photographed small sections of the original map using a digital camera and then geo-rectified the photographs into one high-resolution digital map in ArcGIS.  I then set about adding the approximate centroid location for each fossil.  The next steps will include adding information like the location and depth of the fossil in hopes of better understanding where to dig next to find more fossils of the same specimen.

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