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.
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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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California Coast from the Air: Images of a Changing Landscape features half-page color photos by Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman paired with an aerial survey of the state's geology and geography, and represents the photographers' efforts to produce an aerial photographic display of the entire 1,100-mile coastline, the California Coastal Records Project. Plenty of books on California offer visual surveys of the state: so much so that one could wonder at the need for yet another. There are also other a few other aerial books on the market that take segments of the state (more notably, the major urban areas such as San Francisco ) and provide photographic views. It should be noted, however, that California Coast from the Air isn't designed to be a glitzy armchair tourist read, but is a serious survey of the natural environment using some 150 of the best photos from a collection of over 100,000 aerial shots. From coastal dunes and plunging cliffs to the geography of each county in the state, chapters arranged by county and prefaced with color maps provide both photos and text filled with natural and human history. Without such accompanying text, California Coast from the Air could have found itself competing with more casual aerial photo collections. And without its wide-ranging photo focus on geography and natural history, the text wouldn't come to life as completely or successfully as it does, either. In the end California Coast from the Air is a fine example of a rare, difficult, and successful marriage between image, geography, and human and natural history, and provides California readers, in particular, with a fine feature enhanced by oceanographer Gary Griggs, architect Deepika Shrestha Ross, and photographers Kenneth and Gabrielle Adelman's diverse areas of expertise.