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Starred Review. Geologist, photographer, author and pilot Collier presents a third volume of aerial photography (following Over the Mountains and Over the Rivers), this time examining coastal processes: how waves interact with promontories, dunes, sand spits, barrier islands and human constructions. Collier describes basic wave behavior-how they're generated, how they move-as well as more unfamiliar phenomena like active and passive plate margins in his initial overview. The next section is regional, featuring the Gulf of Mexico, the Southern and Northern Atlantic, the Great Lakes, the Pacific and Alaska, explaining how these coastlines' formation affected the resulting landforms. Collier then looks at the human footprint: expensive beach houses built on impermanent barrier islands, artificial islands formed by dredging, hazardous runoff from industrial and residential development, and damaging recreational implements like dune buggies. Coastal wetlands make a familiar (dis)appearance; many have been lost forever to negligence and development, just as their enormous importance becomes clear. Spot maps, a continental overview map, and a helpful glossary are all included, as well as a short reading list worth pursuing should this beautiful, informative volume intrigue.


Selection, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2010 Come fly along our North American coastal landscapes. Observe the results of the forces of tides, wind, waves, and weather in shaping them. This gorgeous book invites inquiry with its detailed and carefully selected images. The author is also a pilot, inviting readers to accompany him on his journeys to learn more about the geology of coastal areas and barrier islands. The text is stunningly enhanced with his color photography. He also introduces observers to the effects of human structures on coastal landforms. It's easy to imagine this book in an "inquiry corner" where students observe carefully to find the answers to specific geology questions. Maps, a glossary, and a sound index support these sorts of lessons. (National Science Teachers Association Recommends 2010-03-01)

Where the land meets the sea, land can be shaped quickly, as revealed in dramatic, ever-changing scenery. In evocative words and stunning images, aerial photographer and geologist Michael Collier chronicles changes that have occurred--and are occurring--along North American coasts: the Atlantic, the Pacific, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico... The vivid text accompanying the beautiful photographs make Over the Coasts as much as informative geology primer as it is an attractive coffee-table book. (Sid Perkins Science News 2009-12-19)

Award-winning photographer Michael Collier provides an educational glimpse at how the forces of nature sculpt the landscape. The only way to fully appreciate these dramatically beautiful sights is with a bird's eye view and Collier was simply born to fly. His expertly crafted aerial images are paired with highly informative text, which makes this book an amazing treat for both the eyes and the mind. (Shutterbug 2009-12-01)

Michael Collier has used his experience as a pilot to fly the coasts of the United States to take stunning photographs of the coast line from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and north to Alaska.... What Collier offers in this book are some wonderful photographs with geologically oriented commentary to help explain why each coast is different [and] addresses the human presence on the coast.... This is a beautiful picture book, not a geological treatise. But it is still wonderful to "read" the pictures. There isn't much text, but I see the personal experience of the author, and the geologic understanding that he has of what he is photographing. The book offers an interesting viewpoint: to help explain the geologic processes that are happening today, and happened yesterday in the rocks we explore for. (David Bartel The Leading Edge, publication of the Society of Ex 2010-01-00)

Michael Collier's franchise in beautiful, deeply informed aerial geologic photography continues with Over the Coasts as his expert eye brings us the incomparable shores of the North American continent. You'll read this once to drink in the photographs, once more to absorb the text, then again and again. (Andrew Alden About.com 2009-09-09)

It would be hard to imagine a more eminently qualified person than Collier, who is a doctor, photographer, writer, geologist and pilot, to produce such a visually stimulating and enlightening book on the subject.... Collier's aerial portraits of these environments capture their moods and essence in ways not possible from eye-level. Wonderful abstract patterns of river deltas and gently meandering waterways contrast with powerful ocean waves bashing rocky bulwarks; slivers of sand islands stand as sentinels in seemingly tranquil waters that are imperceptibly yet relentlessly gnawing away at the fragile shores. The book is packed with wonderful photographs and a wealth of information that makes interesting and informative reading. Collier's way with words is entertaining; information about the vast array of geological processes that shape our world is presented in easy-to-read layman terminology... You don't have to be a scientist to be captivated by this book. (Peter Skinner Rangefinder Magazine 2009-09-00)

[A] beautiful informative volume. (Publishers Weekly Web Exclusive Online Reviews 2009-09-07)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Mikaya Press (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931414424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931414425
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By One Happy Retiree on December 14, 2009
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Full disclosure: I had Michael as an undergraduate geology student many years ago and have since followed his life as an M.D., private pilot, Colorado river runner, gifted science writer and aerial photographer. He and I also live in the same glorious hometown, Flagstaff, AZ. Michael's photography is equally complemented by his writing. This is a stunning book, and one that one does not need coursework in geology to appreciate. A marvelous gift for anyone who appreciates planet Earth, including our sometimes dangerous alterations of it.
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