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Over: The American Landscape At The Tipping Point

With sweeping, aerial images of swimming pools, hurricane damage, gasoline refineries and golf courses, pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is making a serious statement: that it's impossible to sustain the current American lifestyle on a planet with diminishing natural resources. His book Over: The American Landscape At The Tipping Point presents, literally, a big-picture view of man's impact on the environment.

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Winner of the prestigious German Lead Award for 2009, MacLean presents a compelling, if not convincing, case. His work prompts us to reconsider our lifestyles "and reveals that, while the challenges we face today are not insurmountable, the future depends on our collective vision, passion and commitment." View more images from the book on MacLean's Web site.

All images are Copyright, 2008 Alex S. MacLean/Landslides Aerial Photography.