Visualisation of natural history

Visualisation of natural history involves creating visual representations, such as maps, diagrams, and also pictures, to illustrate the evolution of landscapes, species, and ecosystems over time. These visualizations help researchers and the public understand the complex interactions between geological, biological, and environmental factors that have shaped the Earth’s history.

Visualisation is an important tool for many people. For example, people interested in natural processes, when using visualisation can understand topics that go beyond their knowledge and skills. Visualisation is their key to exploration.

Visualisation is especially interesting when we use it to explain currently occurring or long-term natural events.

Challenge to share experience

People told stories, painted, drew, invented writing in order to share their experiences. Later, with the invention of photography, film and computers, there was a huge qualitative breakthrough in this process. Digitization subsequently became just a golden crown in the process of storing and sharing information, images and thoughts.

However, the large amount of already available and constantly growing mass of information makes it difficult for many people to use it. Professionals are significantly helped by the search and sorting capabilities of modern computing technology.

Amateurs are often lost in the flood of information and new knowledge. For many of them, the form in which complex and complex information is presented is increasingly important. The form in which information is presented to them is many times more important to them than the content itself. A simple form of providing information will help them understand even complex topics.

People in cities, but also those who live in the open country, at the foot of the mountains or in the mountain valleys, do not know what their country looked like in a past

Lack of interest

The inhabitants of cities, but also those who live in the open country, at the foot of the mountains or in the mountain valleys, do not know what their country looked like before they came into the world.

They heard something from their parents, saw some photos of the area they grew up in, but because information was scarce and scattered, they were often not even interested in learning more about their country.

It is therefore not surprising that the current generations do not know that centuries ago most of their country was covered by dense forests, swamps, wetlands and extensive meandering rivers. They do not know that they lost most of the forests as a result of human activity many centuries ago. Many people do not even know what is causing the increasing extremes of weather, the warming of the climate and the increasing scarcity of water.

However, the situation is changing. The causes of climate change are known today. These changes have a visible impact on the daily lives of millions of people. Researches repeatedly confirm that forests, swamps, wetlands and extensive meandering rivers once covered a much larger part of the country than today.

Visualization helps people to understand and imagine how extensive the forests, marshes, and wetlands around their town and village once were.

Visualization of the prehistoric wilderness in northern Slovakia, as depicted by local artist Ivan Libian

Visualisation can help

It is a well-known rule that what a person sees, he remembers sooner and stays in his memory longer. What we have to painstakingly describe in long texts or tell in lengthy speeches, we understand with the snap of our fingers if we see it.

That, in a nutshell, is the principle of learning and getting to know yourself through visualisation. It is also an activity that we subconsciously perform just by walking with our eyes open.

However, these tips will not help if we want to know and remember the past more deeply. The past is not just when we were children or the time of our parents’ lives. The past is also a period several centuries or millennia ago.

You can’t walk there with your eyes open. It is here that the visualisation of ancient processes can help all the more if we can easily compare it with what is happening in the country today.

Advantages of history visualisation

Modern computer technology is a great helper in this process. This will help us better understand the visualized history. It is an important tool that already helps many people today to understand how certain events took place in the past.

We know from textbooks that nature is almost constantly changing. However, these changes are often small, subtle, but they are constant

Visualisation of natural dynamics

We know from textbooks that nature is almost constantly changing. However, these changes are often small, subtle, but they are constant. They are very difficult for humans to perceive and therefore the visualization of natural dynamics is a very interesting, attractive and necessary tool.

A forest can be one of many examples to visualize. For example, comparing the picture of the forest that covered the valley many years ago and today can help in deciding how we will establish and grow future forests.

Whether we follow in the footsteps of our grandfathers and grow forests composed of a single tree species or establish mixed and multi-age forests, we will get one step closer to how we saw wild natural forests in visualization.


Visualisation of dynamic changes in the landscape around us is already an important tool today. It helps to spread knowledge and skills among the general public, but also to transform information from short-term to long-term memory

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