How To Read An Island

This is an exercise in aerial land use interpretation. Sitting by the window and reading the landscape from the air – what can be deciphered? On this flight from Philadelphia to Detroit, we fly over Lake Erie and the Canadian island of Panton-le-Fou, Ontario. Centuries of European settlement have impacted the landscape below – from the buildings and roads to the fencerows and agricultural land patterns – and provide clues to the astute observer as to what happens here. What do you see what you read this island?

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