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Geography and Visual Information
Geography and visual information

If there is magic in geography, then much of it is found in its imagery, ranging from the paintings by landscape and scientific artists on early expeditions, such as the Cook voyages, to digital composites derived from remotely sensed data. The cave walls of Lascaux and Altamira suggest that images have always helped people make order of the world. Human vision as part of our biological makeup has not altered over time but visuality, meaning the ways in which imagery mediates geographic understanding, certainly has, and increasingly sophisticated technology means that mediation will expand as our reliance on visual communication expands.

Geography has always been an observational discipline, but there is much discussion on what that means in the ...

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