Here’s a neat story about a giant waterfall recently discovered inside a California National Park. They found it by looking at a 3-D satellite map. Pretty amazing that something like an 80-foot waterfall inside the United States could still remain undiscovered.

Reminds me of a bit I’ve always remembered from Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.” The narrator of that short novel was intrigued by places where the mapmakers hadn’t yet traveled:

Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, ‘When I grow up I will go there.’ The North Pole was one of these places, I remember. Well, I haven’t been there yet, and shall not try now. The glamour’s off. Other places were scattered about the Equator, and in every sort of latitude all over the two hemispheres. I have been in some of them, and . . . well, we won’t talk about that. But there was one yet — the biggest, the most blank, so to speak — that I had a hankering after.

I don’t suppose there are any blank spaces left on any maps these days. Perhaps the narrator should have spent some time in the California wilderness.