California Coast from the Air

California Coast from the Air


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In a state identified with change, California's 1,100-mile coastline lives up to the reputation. Storm waves attack sea cliffs, earthquakes trigger landslides, and ocean waves relentlessly move sand. Over the past century, humans have changed the coast too, particularly in Southern California, where some stretches of coastline have been completely altered.
Thanks to the California Coastal Records Project, the brainchild of Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman, we now have an aerial photographic record of the entire coastline, from the redwood forests near the Oregon border to the urbanized shoreline of San Diego Bay. California Coast from the Air features 150 of the best photographs from this scientifically valuable yet truly artistic collection of more than 80,000 images. Steep coastal cliffs gradually sliding into the ocean, an isolated sandy beach that cannot be reached by road, or sand dunes marching inland under the force of the wind are just a few of the scenes portrayed in the book's photos. Oceanographer Gary Griggs and architect Deepika Shrestha Ross provide insightful captions, describing the natural features, their changes over time, and human efforts to tame them. The photographs are organized by county, from north to south, and shaded-relief maps locate features described in the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878426126
Publisher: Mountain Press
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gary Griggs is a distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences and the director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has been studying the coast of California for forty-five years and was named one of California's Coastal Heroes in 2009 by Sunset magazine and the California Coastal Commission. Gary is the author or co-author of six books, including Living with the Changing California Coast, Introduction to California's Beaches and Coast, and The Santa Cruz Coast--Then and Now.

Deepika Shrestha Ross is a photographer and architect who has practiced in London, Washington DC, New York City, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. She is the co-author of The Santa Cruz Coast--Then and Now.

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