"Some folks like to say that science takes all the beauty and meaning and wonder out of life. The only thing I can say to them is that they've never hopped in a van with their own Mr. Bennett and taken a wild ride through geologic history. They haven't been properly introduced to the landscapes around them. There is nothing more wonderful, meaningful or beautiful than watching the world form. They need that one experience that shows them the world as it was, is and one day might be."
Lots more where that came from on Hunter's blog In Tequila Es Verdad in a post titled "The Crash of Continents, The Whisper of Water."