De Maupertuis The degree measurements by de Maupertuis in the Tornionlaakso Valley 1736-1737
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DEGREE MEASUREMENT EXPEDITION:
The measuring instruments
The measurements
The measurement sites
base line
Tornio
Kaakamavaara
Nivavaara
Huitaperi
Aavasaksa
Horilankero
Pullinki
Niemivaara
Kittisvaara

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The poem of Niemivaara fell





The poem of Niemivaara fell


Of all the measurement sites was the Niemivaara fell with its splintered bolder undeniably closest to de Maupertuis' heart. Because of de Maupertuis' enthusiastic description the Niemivaara fell became part of world literature when the Scottish poet James Thomson wrote about it in his collection Four Seasons in 1740. This is an honour that only few place names in Finland have been granted.

When pure Niemi's
Fairy mountains rise,
And fringed with roses,
Tenglio rolls his streams.
(The Tornionlaakso Yearbook 1964, pp. 60-61)




 
 

 



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