With eyes only a few feet above the ground the observer today musttravel back and forth repeatedly and must record
observations mentally,photographically, by sketch and by map before
can form anythingapproaching a complete picture. Yet long before the paper bearing these wordshas yellowed, the average observer, looking down from the air as
crossesthe region, will see almost at a glance the picture here drawn by piecingtogether the ground-level observations
work. The region isunique: let the ohserver take the wings
the uttermost parts
the earth: he will nowhere find its likeness.
Harlen Bretz 1928