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Essays on Geography and GIS Volume 4

Essays on Geography and GIS Volume 4

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A collection of essays written by academicians and scientists, and dealing with trends in geography, geospatial matters, and GIS.
A collection of essays written by academicians and scientists, and dealing with trends in geography, geospatial matters, and GIS.

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Essays onGeographyand GIS
 Volume 4
May 2012
 
Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 4May 2012
3Through the Macroscope: Geography's View o the World
We have in our hands a newscientic instrument as powerulas any that have come beoreit, including the microscope andtelescope. Collectively, GIS, GPS,satellite remote sensing, andpopular geographics constitute a
macroscope
that allows scientists,practitioners, and the public aliketo view the earth as never beore.Today, this geographically enabled macroscope (which was rstproposed by Joël de Rosnay in 1975) allows humans to visualizeearth processes extending over vast regions or even the wholeglobe while still maintaining the nest measurable detail. We whouse it can capture and analyze ar more complete representationso places and eatures than ever beore. We can "see" eartheatures, such as gravity and magnetism, that are invisible to thenaked eye and yet as real and commanding as the mountains andvalleys we've seen all along. Most important, we can marshal thisdiverse inormation into working models o earth processes largeand small.The microscope allowed humans to see smaller particles andorganisms and led to scientic revolutions in biology, medicine,and nuclear physics. The telescope allowed humans to see artheraway with greater detail and led to revolutions in astronomy andgeodesy.
Through the Macroscope: Geography's View o the World
By Jerome E. Dobson, Professor of Geography, University of Kansas

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