Think of the surface of the Earth as a canvas.
Human beings have been working upon it for countless generations,
continually in the creative process of land modification.
Diverse elements interplay with one another, and patterns emerge.
These patterns yield insight into the human condition.
It is the purpose of the Global Landuse Pattern Survey to serve as a public gallery for the display of mankind’s greatest work,
a duet with Nature as profound as it is complex.