Allegory for Google Earth

Lewis Carroll wrote a story about a king whose ambition was to produce the finest map ever made and hired the world’s best mapmakers. They started with a resolution of 1″ = 1000 miles but all they got was the outline of a potato. So they went to 1″ = 100 miles, they could see locations of major places and geographic features. At 1″ =10 miles, major roads appeared. At 1″ = 1 mile, you could see the locations of particular buildings. They continued refining the resolution: 1″ to 1/4 mile, 1″ to 100′, 1″ to 10′ and finally, they produced a direct 1″ to 1″ map of the entire kingdom. Unfortunately, when they unrolled it, the kingdom disappeared.

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