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America from the Air: A Guide to the Landscape Along Your Route with CDROMby Daniel Mathews
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An illustrated guide, in both book and CD-ROM, of landscapes seen from commercial airplane windows across the United States.
This is a guide to what an airline passenger sees from his seat while flying over the United States. Through its ingenious construction and a map of preferred flight paths, its easy to find those pages that correspond to whatever flight a passenger happens to be on, and then to identify features that can be seen from the air. The book marries geology, natural history, and human history for a glorious portrait of the continent, from the Atlantic City Boardwalk to Mount St. Helens.
Each two-page spread features an aerial photo with captions identifying features passengers will see and an essay interpreting the features. Each chapter is a Flight Corridor, with pages sequenced to follow a trip from takeoff to landing. Because many flight paths overlap, the fifteen corridors cover the forty most heavily traveled flight segments in the continental United States, plus many others. In many regions of the country, readers will have a new page to read about every twenty minutes. The entire book is also on the included CD-ROM, which can easily be used on a laptop in the air.
An illustrated guide, in both book and CD-ROM, this work marries geology, natural history, and human history for a glorious portrait of the continent. Each two-page spread features an aerial photo with captions and identifies landmarks that airline passengers can see.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1 PATHS PLANES FLY 1 WHY PLANES DONT FLY STRAIGHT 1 TIPS ON USING THIS GUIDE 2
Flight Corridors 1 NEW YORK—LAS VEGAS OR LOS ANGELES 4 1A NEW YORK—CLEVELAND—DETROIT—CHICAGO—DENVER—LAS VEGAS OR LOS ANGELES 6 1B NEW YORK—PHILADELPHIA—INDIANAPOLIS—KANSAS CITY— PHOENIX—LAS VEGAS OR LOS ANGELES 68 2 NEW YORK—PHILADELPHIA—WASHINGTON, D.C.—FLORIDA 104 3 CHICAGO—ATLANTA—FLORIDA 136 4 BOSTON—NEW YORK—PHILADELPHIA—WASHINGTON, D.C.— ATLANTA 152 5 ATLANTA—DALLAS—PHOENIX—LOS ANGELES OR SAN DIEGO 166 6 SAN FRANCISCO—LOS ANGELES 194 7 CHICAGO—SAN FRANCISCO 208 8 NEW YORK—WASHINGTON, D.C.—DALLAS 230 9 SEATTLE—PORTLAND—SAN FRANCISCO OR LOS ANGELES 244 10 NEW YORK, CHICAGO, OR MINNEAPOLIS—SEATTLE 272 11 FLORIDA—TEXAS 294 12 BOSTON—CHICAGO 310 13 ANCHORAGE—SEATTLE 318
Background CLOUDS AND WINDS 331 LIGHT 335 LANDFORMS 336 PLATE TECTONICS 341
Index of Flights 343 List of Articles 361 Bibliography 366 Illustration Credits 370 Index 371
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