Highways to Dale of Degradation by Vincent van Mechelen is an
artistic image which impresses on people the
two causes of the degradation of the natural environment, if not the
destruction of nature on Earth: human overconsumption and human
The lower two road signs in the picture point in opposite directions, and
yet they show the way to the same region, whose name is Dale of
Degradation, or to a settlement by that name.
(Note the one-stave double alliteration in the name:
Human overpopulation is the issue dealt with in
The Powers of Two, a series of
documents in the Note branch of this website's tree of pages.
The 'names' for the powers of two, which play such an important role in
this issue, are discussed in a special document on
THE POWERS OF TWObinarydenary
1 For the creation of this
noncommercial image use has been made of reduced parts of the
following two pictures: n-h-cal-1474260.jpg by Adam H.,
found at https://tw.freeimages.com/[ ]photo/[ ]n-h-cal-1474260,
and lasseter-highway-roadsign-1521943.jpg by Jana Stiller, found at
All names, numbers and texts in the image with the road signs
above are the author's.