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Indeed, what might Mercator have thought were it suggested to him that his scheme would one day be used to plot landscapes so far from terrestrial in aspect as to reflect back, in their magnificent alienness , the very idea of an old and exhausted Earth?

 

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确实,假如Mercator知道他的方法,终有一天会被用来绘制外貌迥异的地球地形而来反映地球的衰老和枯竭时,他会怎样感受呢?

 

were it suggested to him that his scheme would one day be used to plot landscapes so far from terrestrial in aspect as to reflect back, in their magnificent alienness , the very idea of an old and exhausted Earth 这部分是虚拟条件句。主句是:Indeed, what might Mercator have thought?

 

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