Google Earth is revolutionizing the way people see change on the Earth’s surface. In this case is it the massive amount of oil and gas development in Wyoming.

On your own or watching the short video at www.skytruth.org, it can revolutionize your view of cumulative environmental impacts.

For those of you that have seen “An Inconvenient Truth,” and the ponds that formed before the breakup of the big ice shelf in Antarctica, move your cursor to Greenland. Scroll to the highest elevations on the great interior ice field there. Zoom in. What do you see?

Picturing Landscape Change. The Truth from Above. By Richard Martin. New West.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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