Water, Earth, and Sky: The Colorado River Basin

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In 1996, author and photographer Michael Collier set out in his forty-year-old Cessna seeking an expanded understanding and perspective on the Colorado River basin - a region spanning the states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Arizona, and New Mexico - which he had come to know intimately through twenty-five years of river running. Twelve thousand photographs and more than a year later, Collier had learned another way of knowing that magnificent landscape and now shares his altered vision in ...
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In 1996, author and photographer Michael Collier set out in his forty-year-old Cessna seeking an expanded understanding and perspective on the Colorado River basin - a region spanning the states of Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, California, Arizona, and New Mexico - which he had come to know intimately through twenty-five years of river running. Twelve thousand photographs and more than a year later, Collier had learned another way of knowing that magnificent landscape and now shares his altered vision in Water, Earth, and Sky: The Colorado River Basin. One hundred forty images are accompanied by six essays, written by experts in various fields of natural history and ecology, that illuminate chosen aspects of this landscape.
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Plane travel is pain travel; but the view (not possible from the airliners) is unique and, as Collier demonstrates, exquisitely lovely, instructive and painless. He has shot the mountains feeding the system, follows the Green, then the Colorado with tributary digressions (San Juan, &c.). The photos are clear as gin; colors are truer than reality, at least during the many days when the coal plants envenom the air. Five experts have joined Collier in textual descriptions of river, rock, climate & biota. Buy this book, cherish it; but don't visit (the present small crowds--now being swollen by the Grand Staircase-Escalante park designation--are, already, excessive). Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874805987
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Foreword: A Watershed Shaped by Time 9
Mags Hot, Master On: Flying for the Vision 15
Rock-shaped River in River-shaped Rock 37
Wet River, Dry River 55
Of Suckers, Chubs, and 100-Pound Minnows 71
A Telling Tree 91
The Silk That Hurls Us Down Its Spine 105
Selected Readings 123
Contributors 125
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