Scientists Track Roadless Areas Worldwide

Jan 2, 2017

There tends to be a controversy attached to any official designation of a wilderness area. 

Mount Adams in Washington, from the Dark Divide Roadless Area.
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The argument against wilderness set-asides is that they restrict economic activity.  But the wilderness proponents point out that roads crisscross the planet, rendering most roadless areas small. 

There is now a global map of roadless areas showing exactly where the untouched islands lie. 

Dominick DellaSala of Ashland's Geos Institute is one of the creators of the map; he visits with details.   

The full map.
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