Navigating through historic Danube maps: a look at the fluvial islets between Giurgiu and Oltenita towns
Author: Andreea-Florentina Marin
Abstract: This paper presents a cartographical retrospective of the most relevant maps for the Danube River, focusing on the fluvial islets. The study area corresponds to the Giurgiu-Oltenita sector, one of the Danube's sectors displaying a relative stability regarding the number of such geomorphological landforms. If by the end of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries the Danube River was drawn as a straight, wavy or curly lines, after this period the maps were made more detailed and precise, also depicting its fluvial islets and marshes. At the same time, information about the navigation, vegetation, topography and bathymetry is starting to be collected and mentioned. All these maps and aerial/satellite images provide an excellent record of historical locations and configuration of the Danube course and its islets.
historical cartography, old maps, fluvial islets, Danube River.