Aerial Geology

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Geology and mountaineering go hand in hand. The higher you go, the more you see and the more you see, the more you learn. If mountaintops are fantastic classrooms, airplane window seats might be even better. In many ways, geology is best understood from the air. Altitude lends a greater perspective of the land and lets you begin to visualize the extraordinary forces have shaped our planet over the last 4.5 billion years.

“Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America's Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks,” the first book from long-time EARTH roving correspondent Mary Caperton Morton, highlights 100 of North America’s most distinctive geologic features and describes how they came to look the way they do, from an astronaut’s-eye view. Combining NASA satellite images, aerial photographs, and illustrations from EARTH’s illustrator Kat Cantner, Morton takes readers from glaciers on the edge of Alaska, down a West Coast chain of active stratovolcanoes, to the canyon country of the desert Southwest, over the high Rockies, across the patchwork Great Plains, up the ancient fossil-rich mountains of her geo-curious childhood and into remote impact craters in the Canadian Arctic.

Aerial Geology is published by Timber Press; hardcover; 308pp; 9.5 X 10.75 inches.

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