“The myth of the wilderness as ‘virgin,’ uninhabited land had always been especially cruel when seen from the perspective of the Indians who had once called that land home,” the environmental historian William Cronon has observed.
“In truth, ‘Wilderness’ is a state of mind and heart” is how photographer Ansel Adams once put it. “Very little exists now in actuality.”
Today even the most remote wilderness areas, like the Bering Sea Wilderness off Alaska or the Innoko Wilderness in the state’s interior, are being dramatically altered by the grand geophysical experiment that humans are conducting. Sea ice is disappearing, permafrost is thawing, and woody plants are invading the tundra, all thanks to global warming. The impossibility of escaping human influence, even in those few parts of the globe that people have never inhabited, has led some scientists to propose that we are living in a new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene.
In the age of man the Wilderness Act may seem futile—but it has arguably become more important. Designating land as wilderness represents an act of humility. It acknowledges that the world still transcends our comprehension, and its value, the use we can make of it."
A new storm will threaten to hinder or delay search efforts for the missing Argentine submarine.
A potent storm system will unleash, strong winds, heavy rain and high-elevation snow on the United Kingdom into Thursday.
A U.S. Navy transport plane crashed in the Philippine Sea on Wednesday on its way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier.
Black Friday is the perfect chance to buy holiday presents and save money; however, if the cold is deterring you from waiting in line before stores open, there are ways to circumvent the frigid conditions.
Following scattered downpours over the Thanksgiving holiday, conditions will improve across the Sunshine State for shoppers and travelers this weekend.
The NFL will continue its time-honored tradition of playing on Thanksgiving Day with three games that will help shape the league's playoff picture.
A break from the waves of cold air hammering the Midwest and Northeast is on the way, but not until next week.
The 91st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will take place this Thursday morning with sunshine and chilly conditions expected.