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Ellsworth Huntington
1876 - 1947
Category: Educator

After washing there was no place to pour the water except out of the window onto the heads of the people in the streets, which is the proper place to throw everything that is not wanted.

   

From first to last the civilization of America has been bound up with its physical environment.

   

Today, no less than in the past, the tetrahedral form of the earth and the relation of the tetrahedron to the poles and to the equator preserve the conditions that favor rapid evolution.

   

Except on their southern borders the great northern forests are not good as a permanent home for man.

   

For the source of any characteristic so widespread and uniform as this adaptation to environment we must go back to the very beginning of the human race.

   

In America the most widespread type of forest is the evergreen coniferous woodland of the north.

   

A journey of four hundred and thirty miles can be made in any part of the United States, but in Turkey it takes as many days.

   

The geysers and hot springs of the Yellowstone are another proof of recent volcanic activity.

   

Man could not stay there forever. He was bound to spread to new regions, partly because of his innate migratory tendency and partly because of Nature's stern urgency.

   

It seems strange that almost no other traces of the strong vikings are found in America.

   

The human organism inherits so delicate an adjustment to climate that, in spite of man's boasted ability to live anywhere, the strain of the frozen North eliminates the more nervous and active types of mind.

   

America forms the longest and straightest bone in the earth's skeleton.

   

Surprising as it may seem, this study indicates that similar conditions are best for all sorts of races.

   

History in its broadest aspect is a record of man's migrations from one environment to another.

   

Again and again, to be sure, on the way to America, and under many other circumstances, man has passed through the most adverse climates and has survived, but he has flourished and waxed strong only in certain zones.

   

Thus the races, though alike in their physical response to climate, may possibly be different in their mental response because they have approached America by different paths.

   

We are learning, too, that the love of beauty is one of Nature's greatest healers.

   

Nevertheless most of the evergreen forests of the north must always remain the home of wild animals and trappers, a backward region in which it is easy for a great fur company to maintain a practical monopoly.

   

As a matter of fact, an ordinary desert supports a much greater variety of plants than does either a forest or a prairie.

   

According to the now almost universally accepted theory, all the races of mankind had a common origin.

   

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