Aerial Geology

Aerial Geology

A High-altitude Tour of North America's Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks

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Filled with fun facts, fascinating histories, and aerial photography, this up-in-the-sky exploration of North America's most spectacular geological formations will delight armchair geologists and window-seat travellers. Sit back and enjoy a new view. Filled with fun facts, fascinating histories, and atmospheric photography, Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America's 100 most spectacular geological formations. Crisscrossing the continent from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the Great Salt Lake in Utah and to the Chicxulub Crater in Mexico, Mary Caperton Morton brings you on a fantastic tour, sharing aerial and satellite photography, explanations on how each site was formed, and details on what makes each landform noteworthy. Maps and diagrams help illustrate the geological processes and clarify scientific concepts. Fact-filled, curious, and way more fun than the geology you remember from grade school, Aerial Geology is a must-have for the insatiably curious, armchair geologists, million-mile travelers, and anyone who has stared out the window of a plane and wondered what was below. AUTHOR: Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, Mary also inspires people to "See More of the World" with her blog Travels with the Blonde Coyote. In her ten years as a road warrior nomad, Mary has hiked in all 50 states and evolved from a girl who looks up at the mountains to a woman who climbs to the summits. 281 color photographs; 16 illus; 17 maps
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : Timber Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781604697629 (hardcover)
1604697628 (hardcover)
Branch Call Number: 557 MOR
Characteristics: 303 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm


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May 26, 2018

Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Author Mary Caperton Morton has created an unique and wonderful examination of major geologic features of the North American continent. A writer for a major magazine, she has a deft touch with prose, conveying the scientific basis for each landform she studies, while still allowing novices to understand the forces and time scale involved. The photographs are stunning, some by the author, others by noted aerial photographers, the US Geological Survey and from the International Space Station. Each feature gets its own page or pages, with a description of the time or times of its formation, rock type, physical processes that formed it, where in the world it was when it formed and how later geologic processes modified it to how it appears in the present day. Photographs illustrate the large view and also specific details. I am an earth science enthusiast and I learned many new and amazing things from this book. Highly recommended for any age! Even budding geologists will be enthralled by the photos and descriptions.


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