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Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks Hardcover – October 4, 2017
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Explore the wonders North America—from above!
In many ways, geology is best understood from the air. Altitude grants a greater perspective of the land and helps us begin to visualize the extraordinary forces that have shaped the planet.
Aerial Geology highlights 100 of North America’s most distinctive geologic features and describes how they came to look the way they do—all from a bird’s-eye view. It crisscrosses the continent, from the shores of Alaska, down the West Coast, through the desert Southwest, over the high Rockies, across the Great Plains, and up the edge of the East. Packed with hundreds of stunning photographs, maps, and diagrams, this is a must-have for curious readers.
A High-Flying Exploration of 100 Geological Marvels
“An unusual, engaging book, enlivened by stories and beautiful aerial views, that shows clearly why geology is best understood from the air.” —QT Luong, photographer, author of bestselling Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks
“Morton’s guide to amazing North American land formations would be notable for its gorgeous aerial photos alone, but it also contains a wealth of information on each location’s history.” —Booklist
“Get your head into the clouds with Aerial Geology. . . . What better way to introduce geology to any reluctant science student than a book full of breathtaking ‘who knew?’ moments. Luckily, the writer and mountaineer (and, appropriately enough, resident of Big Sky, Mont.) Mary Caperton Morton knows. Take in the natural splendors of the view from an airplane window: This generously photographed volume even offers flight patterns that will reveal our earthly treasures.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Geological history and information about each feature offers readers a richer understanding of the landscape than a coffee table book would provide. However, it must be said that the most eye-catching aspect of the book is its glorious photographs. . . . a reminder that these spectacular landscapes are, if not just around the corner, relatively close to home.” —NYBG’s Plant Talk
“Offering a bird’s eye view that makes geology come alive, science and travel writer Mary Caperton Morton’s book feels like a personal helicopter ride across North America. It’s an extensive journey that covers Alaska’s Aleutian Islands to Maine’s Mount Katahdin to Mexico’s Chicxulub Crater, among many other breathtaking formations. . . . filled with beautiful photographs and fun facts.” —Smithsonian Magazine
“It’s a visual feast. . . . A beautiful and massive tome. . . . This book would make an ideal gift for anyone who has an affinity for earth processes and breathtaking pictures.” —EARTH Magazine
“Well-written. . . . beautifully illustrated.” —GeoTripper
“Filled with incredible images, descriptive illustrations and fact-filled, geology-based explanations of how each site was formed and what makes each landform noteworthy.” —Stuck at the Airport
“Adventure armchair travel. . . . beautiful, fun, educational, and a great, great gift.” —Cathy Langer of the Tattered Cover
“We highly encourage you to pick up a copy of Aerial Geology to read and enjoy. Or better yet, send it as a gift to your friends and family. Earth is an amazing place. Once you read Aerial Geology, you’ll have a whole new appreciation for our wonderful Planet.” —A Mountain Journey
From the Back Cover
Earth’s surface is a dramatic story of explosions, collisions, upheaval, and erosion. To comprehend such massive events and how they’ve altered the landscape, we need to see the big picture— from above. Aerial Geology provides a continent-wide perspective of North America’s 100 most remarkable landforms, from the ever-erupting Aleutian Islands of Alaska, to the migrating Baja California Peninsula, to the perfectly round crater blasted by a meteorite in eastern Canada. Mary Caperton Morton—with help from eye-popping images and descriptive illustrations—explains the powerful forces that are constantly reshaping our planet, bringing geology to magnificent life.
You’ll never see the ground beneath you the same way again.
- Publisher : Timber Press; 2nd prt. edition (October 4, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1604697628
- ISBN-13 : 978-1604697629
- Item Weight : 3.25 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.8 x 1 x 11.05 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #317,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The problem is that despite obvious careful research and planning in some things, this work is filled with so many factual errors I can't begin to cite them all. Embarrassing errors, even, that reveal the author's complete lack of deeper understanding of the subject matter. They begin with the introduction, literally on page one. There, the author refers to crinoids as ancient forms of plant life. They're not, and because they're so common in many areas this is one of the first things you learn when you study fossils in even the most casual way. Like the modern sea-lilies they're related to, they're animals. Later, the claim is made that the Earth's oceanic plates are subducted below continental plates because they're waterlogged, which makes them heavier. This is also untrue; the difference is that oceanic crust is richer in heavier, denser elements.
This book is well-written by a competent wordsmith, the illustrations are very nice, and I suspect that many people with no knowledge of geology at all won't see a thing wrong with anything presented. Indeed, from a writing point of view it's well enough done that one may hope it'll inspire some readers to ask questions and seek out more knowledge. That's why I gave it three stars, instead of just two. But when one sets one's self up as an authority one should know the subject in question both broadly and deeply-- a few hours with Wikipedia is no substitute for reading at least a few actual books. At the very least it should've been proofread by an actual Earth scientist of one flavor or another, which it clearly was not.
I bought this book for the images, and I was not disappointed. The photographs are beautiful, high-detail, and incredibly clear, ranging from close-ups of formations to images taken thousands of feet in the air. However, there are also schematic diagrams, maps, false-color and satellite images, and even images taken from space. All of these help support the mission of the author in providing a literally big-picture view of what North America looks like.
My biggest complaint is that "North America" is in the title, but it isn't until site 65 out of 100 that we get east of the Rockies. Two-thirds of the book is focused on the Western US and Western Canada, with the remaining third for all of the Eastern US, Eastern Canada, and Mexico. Mexico gets 3 sites, numerous eastern states and provinces get nothing, and Central America, the Caribbean, and Greenland don't appear at all. I understand why - the West is awesome, and the author is probably more familiar with the West. However, nearly 2 dozen American states and most countries that are actually in North America didn't appear in the book.
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I did challenge him to see if he could find any of the ‘errors’ other reviewers mentioned ;)