Defining landscapes is an ambiguous pursuit. With a lifespan of millennia, landscapes are infinitely old and yet constantly emerging as environments shift. They are continuous and fluent, yet fragmented by the artificial boundaries we project upon them. They are bound to the reality of their bedrock, yet in perceiving them our mind interprets them through a cloud of emotional and visual references. While scientific cartography can exquisitely define the immediate realities, the emerging and impressionistic qualities of a landscape are often best explored through the arts.
The simple fact that we can think nonhumans, immediately proves our responsibility to them -- no further reasoning is required, including anything about "the web of life" or the "harmony of existence" and so forth.
— Timothy Morton