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Post time 2012-3-10 03:20:17 |Display all floors
philo09 Post time: 2012-3-10 03:07
No I am talking about the US based on my travel experience in both countries.

Prove it.  Exactly where have you travelled in the USA and CHina?

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Post time 2012-3-10 03:20:29 |Display all floors
philo09 Post time: 2012-3-10 03:07
No I am talking about the US based on my travel experience in both countries.

Where did you go then?  If you only went to the cities, I can see where you might think that - but there is quite a lot of land that is still not developed.
  
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Post time 2012-3-10 03:23:20 |Display all floors
This post was edited by JFenix at 2012-3-10 03:26

Take a state like Montana, there are several of these states with fairly low populations and plenty of wide open spaces and mountain ranges.

Montana (i/mɒnˈtænə/) is a state in the Western United States. The western third of Montana contains numerous mountain ranges. Smaller, "island ranges" are found in the central third of the state, for a total of 77 named ranges of the Rocky Mountains. This geographical fact is reflected in the state's name, derived from the Spanish word montaña (mountain). Montana has several nicknames, none official,[4] including: "Big Sky Country" and "The Treasure State", and slogans that include "Land of the Shining Mountains" and more recently, "The Last Best Place".[5][6] Montana is the 4th most extensive, but the 7th least populous and the 3rd least densely populated of the 50 United States. The economy is primarily based on services, with ranching, wheat farming, oil and coal mining in the east, and lumber, tourism, and hard rock mining in the west.[7] Millions of tourists annually visit Glacier National Park, the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, and three of the five entrances to Yellowstone National Park.
  
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Post time 2012-3-10 04:17:52 |Display all floors
philo09 Post time: 2012-3-10 02:58
There are a few beautiful sights that have been preserved for the time being but most of the natural ...

"The destruction continues and will not end until the people regain control over the land..."
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This is a place I go often.  By far my favorite place in Ohio, the Glen Helen Nature Preserve in Yellow Springs.

At one time, there were mills constructed to running from water wheels.  One is still left at the top of Clifton Gorge.  The industrialization was stopped and went into private ownership.

from wiki:
The land area was given to Antioch College by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen in 1929. The Glen stretches in land area for approximately 1000 acres (4 km²). It is managed by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute.


The college has protected and preserved this land and despite large amounts of visitors hiking through it - everyone respects the rules and you don't see trash anywhere.

It has a great energy there.  Yellow Springs itself was founded  by a small group of socialists who wanted to create a utopia society.  It was also part of the underground railroad, helping slaves escape enroute to canada.

It still remains an eclectic, liberal town.  A little bit of culture out in the middle of nowhere ohio.
  
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Post time 2012-3-10 07:04:48 |Display all floors
grb Post time: 2012-3-10 03:20
Prove it.  Exactly where have you travelled in the USA and CHina?

I spent many months in China traveling from Shenzen in the south to Jilin in the north. I have lived and worked in the US and traveled through most of the states from Canada to Mexico.
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Post time 2012-3-10 11:50:39 |Display all floors
JFenix Post time: 2012-3-10 03:20
Where did you go then?  If you only went to the cities, I can see where you might think that - but ...

Cities can be  very beautiful... New York City architecture is simply amazing, unfortunately some parts of old Chinatown disfigured by ugly post-modern, Chinese-conformism.  Preserve at least the old lacr- iron facade.
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Post time 2012-3-10 12:56:32 |Display all floors
Pinnacles National Monument in the central coastal mountains of California.
From Wiki
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Pinnacles National Monument, located near the San Andreas Fault along the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the
North American Plate, is an excellent example of tectonic plate movement. The Pinnacles Rocks are believed to be
part of the Neenach Volcano that occurred 23 million years ago near present-day Lancaster, California, some 195
miles (314 km) southeast. The giant San Andreas Fault split the volcano and
the Pacific Plate crept north, carrying the Pinnacles. The work of water and wind on these erodible volcanic rocks
has formed the unusual rock structures seen today.

Fault action and earthquakes also account for the talus caves that are another Pinnacles attraction. Deep, narrow
gorges or shear fractures were transformed into caves when huge boulders toppled from above, and wedged in the
fractures before reaching the ground. These boulders became the ceilings of the talus caves that now entice not
only people, but also several kinds of bats.
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I've hiked some of these trails several times.
Young, extremely fit rock climbers practice here. I've seen them climb sheer rock walls with their bare hands.
If they fell there wouldn't be any ambulance service for quite a while, probably hours. Not for me.

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