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Nature volume 70, pages 289290 (28 July 1904) | Download Citation



THE geologist might well rest content with the usefulness of his science even if its only harvest were the revolution which it has wrought in man's conception of his mundane surroundings as expressed in the new geography. It may be that here and there the geographer still lingers who is satisfied to bound his ideas at the surface of things and to lose hold of reality in his dream of eternal seas and everlasting hills. It is true that the old geography still persists in children's school-books as ancestral customs still linger in children's games, and that the delineation of county boundaries and the names of obscure villages are still drilled painfully into the youthful mind as essentials of earthly knowledge. But the antique trammels have at least been loosened; and not in the Americas only is it that a new world has been discovered by the geographer.

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