Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton Book Review

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Book Review: Aerial Geology – A High-Altitude Tour Of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks by Mary Caperton Morton

Are you the type of person who always opts for a window seat on a plane? Do you enjoy climbing to the top of mountains for the jaw dropping views? Does the natural beauty of Planet Earth fascinate you? Does geology spark your curiosity? If this sounds like you, pick up a copy of Aerial Geology – A High-Altitude Tour Of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks by Mary Caperton Morton.

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton
Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton

Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton shines the spotlight on North America’s most stunning geological formations. This coffee table book takes readers on an aerial journey that “will introduce you to one hundred places that offer glimpses into the greatest geologic tale ever told: the story of Earth.

As mountain enthusiasts, we already know that Planet Earth is the ultimate geological playground, but Aerial Geology will help you see your backyard in a whole new way. Morton believes that “geology is best understood from the air.” She writes that “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 are even better.” But the stunning shots featured in Aerial Geology might be one of the best way to explore North America’s past 4.5 billion years of geological history.

For each of the 100 natural formations featured in the book, you’ll learn about the geological history, interesting facts, and more. It’s a treasure trove of information on geologic formations like Denali, the Bugaboos, Mount Saint Helens, Mount Whitney, the Uinta Mountains, the Wind River Range, Zion National Park, Lone Mountain, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Devil’s Tower, Pico de Orizaba, the Florida Keys, Cape Cod, Bay of Fundy, Triple Divide Peak, and 82 other natural wonders of North America.

Map Of Geological Features In Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton
Map Of Geological Features In Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton

Morton uses aerial, satellite, and first hand photos to highlight mountains, lakes, glaciers, volcanoes, craters, canyons, and other natural formations. Add in her diligently researched and well written geological story of each formation and the result is an engaging and entertaining book. Aerial Geology will inspire you to get outside, climb a mountain, or always book a window seat on a plane. But most likely, it will encourage you to plan a road trip!

Perhaps one of the best things about Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton is that it highlights both familiar features and formations that might not even be on your radar yet. Armchair adventurers, curious children, mindful mountaineers, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone else will enjoy this book.

While this may not be a book that you sit down and read cover to cover, it’s most certainly a book that you’ll proudly display on your coffee table and casually flip through time and time again. Whether you’re looking for inspirational aerial images of nature or you want to impress your friends with fun geology trivia, Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton is the book for you.

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.

Denali in Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton
Denali in Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton

Aerial Geology: A High-Altitude Tour of North America’s Spectacular Volcanoes, Canyons, Glaciers, Lakes, Craters, and Peaks was published in October 2017 by Timber Press. The hardcover edition features 308 pages, 281 color photos, and 16 illustrations.

Learn more about the Big Sky, Montana based geologist and writer, Mary Caperton Morton, on her blog, Travels With The Blonde Coyote, or at MaryCapertonMorton.com.

Disclaimer: Timber Press send us a copy of Aerial Geology by Mary Caperton Morton to read and review on MountainJourney.com


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  • Mary Caperton Morton

    Thanks Derek! Glad you liked it! I’ve long enjoyed your trip reports. I live in Big Sky and we’ve followed in your footsteps on hikes/ climbs/ skis many times! Our romps up Hardscrabble via the NE slabs and Beehive Peak via Worker Bee were highlights of this summer! Hope to meet you out there someday! 🙂 Mary aka the Blonde Coyote

    • A Mountain Journey

      Sure thing! And good work on the book! Thanks for following MountainJourney.com. Glad you’re a fan. Hopefully I’ll meet you in the tram line or out in the mountains at some point.