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Over the Mountains (An Aerial View of Geology) Hardcover – March 16, 2007
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Adult/High School—The full-color photos in this volume are uniformly stunning and are expertly used by Collier to illustrate how mountains form, evolve, deteriorate, and die. Without reverting to textbook prose, the author covers the fundamentals of mountain geology: rock types, plate tectonics, and erosion, employing his photographs and illustrations to further explicate these principles. It is one thing to write about glaciers, fault zones, plateaus, erosion, alluvial fans, subduction, and volcanoes. It is altogether a higher level of accomplishment to render all of these aspects of geology in photographs as beautiful as they are informative. Collier has put his 50-year-old Cessna 180 and arsenal of photographic equipment to good use, spending thousands of hours in the cockpit, traveling to remote regions of the Earth, up mountain faces, down into canyons, constantly in search of the best shot. He has found many best shots, and readers will enjoy them all. This is an excellent choice for all teen collections.—Robert Saunderson, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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This collection of stunning, bird's-eye-view images is both a testament to our country's awe-inspiring geographic majesty and an eye-opening explanation of some fascinating geologic lessons we can learn from the many peaks, summits, ridges, valleys and other rugged, rocky imprints that give the surface of our continent such a varied, grandiose texture. (Neil Pond American Profile 2007-03-06)
Geologist and pilo Michael Collier weds his two passions to bring you stunning aerial shots of some of America's most breathtaking mountains. The book is great for geology professionals and novices alike. (Geotimes (Washington DC) 2007-12-01)
Fantastic ...a fascinating introduction to geology.... This scientifically and artistically beautiful book is of tremendous value.... I recommend Over the Mountains as a classroom resource ... as well as to diverse audiences of all ages who are geologically curious and have an eye for stunning views. The book is a must-have for all those fans of geology, science, or nature who wish to know a bit more about how the earth is put together. (Gary W. Finiol, Colorado Department of Public Heal Science Books and Films)
Page after page gives us mountainous visual thrills. The intellectual thrill is in contemplating how these shots reveal Earth as one constantly transforming living body. (Barbara Julian Times-Colonist 2008-02-03)
Even from the ground, Over the Mountains makes it easy to understand [Collier's] enthusiasm. (American Scientist)
Awe-inspiring aerial photographs ... Collier's love for the land is contagious.... Who knew geology could be so enthralling? ... Buy for classroom use, reference in school and public libraries, or for anyone who has a love of "mountain majesties" or photographic art. (Barbara Johnson VOYA)
Selected as an "Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 for 2008" (National Science Teachers Association and the Chil)
The full-color photos in this volume are uniformly stunning and are expertly used... It is one thing to write about glaciers, fault zones, plateaus, erosion, alluvial fans, subduction, and volcanoes. It is altogether a higher level of accomplishment to render all of these aspects of geology in photographs as beautiful as they are informative. (School Library Journal)
Best Books 2007, Junior High & Young Adult, Earth Sciences (Science Books & Films 2007-02-01)
Collier's photos....give us the outlook of gods on Olympus... The intellectual thrill is in contemplaying how these shots reveal Earth as one constantly transforming living body. (The Ottawa Citizen 2008-03-23)
Selectors' Choice. This book shows fabulous photographs [that] are expalined via colorful diagrams and/or well-written descriptions. The photography leaves the reader with a desire to inquire more about the magnificent vistas illustrated. What a marvelous way to study geology! (Juliana Texley, Lead Reviewer, NSTA Recommends Science & Children 2008-01-03)
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Collier's book is highly recommended. The quality of the color plates is quite good, and the book is reasonably priced. It takes a place on my shelf of geology field books next to John Shelton's classic book, Geology Illustrated. Indeed, Shelton has written the forward to Collier's book.
Robert H. Sydnor, geologist, Fair Oaks, California