An Aerial View of Geology
Photographer Michael Collier and his Cessna 180 bring North America's coastal landscapes into focus.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, November 17, 2009
Collier has spent the last two years completing a book on climate change in Alaska, commuting from Arizona in his Cessna 180. “I bought it 23 years ago, and I’ve taken it to Honduras, Alaska, and Maine,” says Collier. “It’s a bush plane, a tail-wheel plane made for flying into silly places. The 180s are meant to be beat up. They’re pickup trucks.” He’s spent more than 3,500 hours in the Cessna; his wife is convinced its tail wags when it sees him coming.
“Bear Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, is a tidewater glacier,” writes Collier of this photograph, “that is, one that disgorges ice directly into the sea. The ice at the glacier’s terminus is breaking up faster than it can be delivered down from the mountains, which means that Bear Glacier is retreating.”