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Over the Mountains (An Aerial View of Geology) [Hardcover]

By Michael Collier & John S. Shelton (Foreward By)
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Geology is thrilling. It's the Earth in all its splendor. Unfortunately, geology texts rarely communicate that sense of excitement. Enter Michael Collier, geologist, writer and one of America's premier aerial photographers. For over 20 years, he has piloted his Cessna 180 to inaccessible locations and returned with stunning photographs that lay bare the Earth's workings. Over the Mountains, the first book in Michael Collier's new series, focuses on geology's most spectacular subject in a most spectacular way. It includes: Detailed and breathtaking large-format color photographs covering the geology of every major mountain range in the United States Clear, easy-to-understand text, diagrams and captions that explain and illuminate the geologic processes shown in the photographs. After exploring the pages of Over the Mountains, readers will never think of mountains -- or geology -- in the same way again.

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Introducing An Aerial View of Geology series.

Geology is thrilling. It's the Earth in all its splendor. Unfortunately, geology texts rarely communicate that sense of excitement.

Enter Michael Collier, geologist, writer and one of America's premier aerial photographers. For over 20 years, he has piloted his Cessna 180 to inaccessible locations and returned with stunning photographs that lay bare the Earth's workings.

Over the Mountains, the first book in Michael Collier's new series, focuses on geology's most spectacular subject in a most spectacular way. It includes:

  • Detailed and breathtaking large-format color photographs covering the geology of every major mountain range in the United States
  • Clear, easy-to-understand text, diagrams and captions that explain and illuminate the geologic processes shown in the photographs.

After exploring the pages of Over the Mountains, readers will never think of mountains -- or geology -- in the same way again.



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Item Specifications...


Pages   113
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 9.5" Height: 12.5"
Weight:   2.35 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 16, 2007
Publisher   Mikaya Press
ISBN  1931414181  
ISBN13  9781931414180  


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More About Michael Collier & John S. Shelton


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Michael Collier currently resides in the state of Maryland.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Over the Mountains (An Aerial View of Geology)?

For the Geologist in 5F  Jul 12, 2008
If you, like me, love to look out of the window as you fly across this beautiful country you will want to own this book not only for the pictures but for its revealing descriptions of the geology that creates the landscape that you are looking at below.
 
Spectacular and Very Informative  May 13, 2008
In the interests of honest disclosure, the author is a former student of many years back [I'm a retired geology prof]. Michael has enormous gifts both in aerial photography and in making geologic ideas come alive for the curious reader. A wonderful addition to anyone who cares about planet Earth.
 
Fantastic pictures. Acceptable text.  Apr 13, 2008
Viewing these color aerial photos was a joy. They show landslides, glaciers, bajadas, and other geologic features with images of dazzling eye appeal. The full page shot of the Sheep Mountain anticline alone is worth the price of the book. These are high quality pictures, with all the detail one expects from modern color printing and photographic processes.

One reviewer recommends this for High School libraries. It's certainly not a college text. Streams make a "boisterous descent to sea level." Water "will always try to erode through a softer rather than a harder rock." Actually, water is inanimate and doesn't "try" to do anything. It erodes softer rock more quickly than harder rock.

I suppose the more precise language would have been boring, and our author had the less motivated reader in mind. If you like lots of frosting on your cake, you'll not be bothered. It was a bit much for me.

As a great fan of John Shelton's 1966 Geology Illustrated, I had hoped for a color version of that black & white classic. This may be a five star book for young readers, but it was only three stars for me.
 
Over the Mountains  Jan 27, 2008
It was a gift I purchased for someone else. It didn't get here in time for Christmas as promised, even though tracking showed it had arrived in my city well enough before Christmas. So I think the break down in delivery was local. Person recieving gift seems pleased with the book
 
Excellent for a casual enthusiast, if a bit short.  Aug 17, 2007
I'm not trained in geology. I'm just someone who is fascinated by the fact that the earth can heave entire continents across its surface and push dozens of cubic miles of rock miles into the sky. All this before it is taken down again by gravity and water and wind over a span of time that a human can hardly begin to comprehend. So while I may not share a geologist's deep understanding of the forces at work, I probably share some of their motivations for studying it. And this book really hits the mark for someone like me. It's one thing to see diagrams and illustrations of the structures that lead to mountains, but it's entirely another to see it in a photograph that shows the results of the folds and faults that push and stretch the earth. Finally you feel you can comprehend at least some of the scope of what is going on when viewed from above. Mountains finally start to fit into the human mind when we can see this piece of land being pulled that way, or thrown upward along a clearly defined fault. As others have said, the text accompanying the photos makes an excellent introduction to the principles involved, informative but also infused with the author's clear love of the subject.

If I had any complaint about the book it would be its length. I would have enjoyed seeing more of the nice photography, but it is hard to fault Mr. Collier for this when there is so much beautiful material presented for a reasonable price.

So I'd definitely recommend this for a casual fan of geology. And someone more involved with the subject would probably also appreciate having such a fine collection of vivid illustrations of the principles they study too. Here's to hoping this author gives us more work like this in the future.

 

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