Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Natural fortresses are always fascinating. The Apaches who hid in the Dragoon Mountains knew the place well enough to fight Spanish, American, and Mexican forces to a draw for decades. Home field advantage still matters, even with drones in the mountains of Central Asia. Land can stay impenetrable and rife with secrets like the Tsingy in Madagascar, or Antarctic Archipelagoes that hide majestic giant birds. You can zoom in on nearly anything you want from a Google satellite. But it still takes old fashioned work to get your hands on it. This huge cloak of space is as big as it ever was. The surface of the earth hides as much mystery as it ever did.