Few places on Earth are as geologically complicated as California. Lyrically complex. The ribs of the land show through its’ landscape. The San Andrea’s Fault is 750 miles long and 25 million years old. A continental transform fault between the Pacific plate and the North American plate with its motion right-lateral strike-slip.  



Alaskan arteries flow with glacial silt. Milky-green channels seen from above mark the migration of ice bodies across the landscape. The Last Frontier. From January-September 2016, there had been 25,340 reported earthquakes in Alaska to date. This was astonishing to me. While New Orleans slips into the Gulf of Mexico, Alaska is actively producing new land in the Ring of Fire. Denali, also known as Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet above sea level. 


“One who knows the Mississippi will promptly aver–not aloud, but to himself–that ten thousand River Commissions, with the mines of the world at their back, cannot tame that lawless stream, cannot curb it or confine it, cannot say to it, Go here, or Go there, and make it obey; cannot save a shore which it has sentenced; cannot bar its path with an obstruction which it will not tear down, dance over, and laugh at.”   –Mark Twain