NT2473 : John Scott Russell plate, Exchange Place

taken 7 years ago, near to Edinburgh, Great Britain

John Scott Russell plate, Exchange Place
John Scott Russell plate, Exchange Place
A plate commemorating John Scott Russell's pioneering observation of the motion of a solitary wave, which he termed 'The Wave of Translation', in the Union Canal in 1834. Thanks to the work of Professor Stephen Salter and others, Scotland is still a front-runner in the study of wave dynamics. LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

"I was observing the motion of a boat which was rapidly drawn along a narrow channel by a pair of horses, when the boat suddenly stopped - not so the mass of water in the channel which it had put in motion; it accumulated round the prow of the vessel in a state of violent agitation, then suddenly leaving it behind, rolled forward with great velocity, assuming the form of a large elevation, a rounded, smooth and well-defined heap of water, which continued its course along the channel apparently without change of form or diminution of spread. I followed it on horseback . . ." To learn what happened next, click on the first link or the 'More sizes' button to download a larger image.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 16 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 August, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2469 7301 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.6525N 3:12.4411W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 2470 7302
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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