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August 1, 2005

'Where the Human Footprint Is Lightest'


Yesterday's New York Times story about the rapidly vanishing pristine lands of the United States was an eye–opener.

Very, very little of the country remains as it was before man made his appearance.

Worldwide, it's estimated that 17% of the planet's land is still virtually untouched, mostly because it is inhospitable to humans.

In areas capable of growing basic crops, on the other hand, just 2% of the land remains in its primeval state.

In the lower 48 United States only 0.9% of the land is still unaltered.

I thought that the map at the top of this post, which accompanied the Times story, was compelling.

August 1, 2005 at 05:01 PM | Permalink


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