A Brief History of the Development of Studies of Land Utilization.
Land utilization is essentially a feature resulting from human activity. Man endowed with superior intelligence and great potentialities has persistently striven to make progressively improved use of the land, primarily as a means of subsistence and then as a means of satisfying his ever-increasing material and cultural needs. Constantly active, the race of man covers an extensive portion of the earth’s land surface, creating an impressive assembly of cultural features in its endeavour to utilize the resources of the land. However man's use of the land has generally been unsystematic and governed either by habits and cultural background, or by his mood, prejudice or personal whim.
Although throughout history man has rarely planned his utilization of the land, there are some noteworthy instances of his attempts to collect and use Information concerning the land as a resource. by the 43rd century B.C., the Egyptians, who had established a highly organized bureaucratic state, were collecting facts to enable a planned use of the land both for agriculture and for building purposes. .......