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Encyclopedia of Caves is a self-contained, beautifully illustrated work dedicated to caves and their unique environments. It includes more than 100 comprehensive articles from leading scholars and explorers in 15 different countries. Each entry is detailed and scientifically sound, yet accessible for students and non-scientists. This large-format reference is enchanced with hundreds of full-color photographs, maps, and drawings from the authors' own work, which provide unique images of the underground environment.

The Encyclopedia of Caves is an essential interdisciplinary resource for scientists, students, and caving enthusiasts.

• Presents a cross-section of contemporary knowledge of caves ranging from biology, geology, and human uses to exploration techniques
• Brings together 107 in-depth articles from respected international authors
• Showcases hundreds of color and black & white photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations
• Highlights many of the great caves of the world
• Makes information easy to find with alphabetical listings, cross references, suggestions for further reading, plus a full glossary and index

Audience: Scientists and students whose research and study touches on caves or their ecosystems, including biologists, geologists, hydrologists, environmental scientists, mineralogists, etc. Also government agencies (USFWS, EPA, DoD, NPS), recreational cavers, and the educated general public with an interest in caves.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...aimed at a broad span of topics, inlcuding some like caves in myths, show caves, Mayan caves and saltpetre mining...If there is any bias it might be towards cave biology, which is no bad thing as this is an area where infomration is not easily available."
-John Goodier, in REFERENCE REVIEWS, VOL. 19, 2005

"...an excellent addition to the very limited currently available literature on caves and karst."
-Andy Baker, Department of Geography, University of Birmingham, in JOURNAL OF QUATERNARY SCIENCE, 2005

"Truly international in both geography and contributors, this encyclopedia is...the perfect assemblage of 15- to 20-minute intellectual diversions."

"Caves, caves and more caves! This book is for anyone and everyone with an interest in caves…"
- Journal of Sedimentary Research

"...[the Encyclopedia] will serve as the most comprehensive state of the art reference in the multidisciplinary field of subterranean sciences."
- Peter Trontelj, Univ. of Ljubljana, Slovenia

"...an exciting and significant contribution to the field...an excellent and very readable reference on many aspects of caves and karst."
- Malcolm S. Field, Editor, Journal of Cave and Karst Studies

"This volume is a must for karst researchers, cave enthusiasts, teachers, and developers."
- Philip LaMoreaux, Editor-in-Chief, Environmental Geology and Water Science, from the Foreword

"Encyclopedia of Caves will be one of the landmarks for the sciences of cave studies from now and for many years onward."
- Giuseppe Messana, CNR - Institute of Ecosystem Study , Firenze, Italy

“The editors are to be commended for bringing together such a wealth of useful and interesting material in a single reference volume and for its appealing presentation." - Russell S. Harmon, Adjunct Associate Professor, North Carolina State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780121986513
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/21/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

William B. White received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) in 1954. Following four years at Mellon Institute in Pittsburgh, he entered Penn State and received a Ph.D. in geochemistry in 1962. In 1963, he joined the Penn State faculty, rising to full professor in 1972. White’s research interests cover a wide range of topics in geosciences and materials science including crystal chemistry, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, mineral physics, and aqueous geochemistry as well as extensive research on the hydrogeology and geomorphology of caves and karstic terrains. At Penn State he taught an undergraduate course on the Geology of Caves and Karst for many years. His research work has resulted in nearly 400 technical papers. He is author or editor of seven books including the widely used textbook Hydrology and Geomorphology of Karst Terrains.

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Table of Contents

Adaptation to Darkness
Adaptation to Low Food
Adaptation to Low Oxygen in Groundwater Organisms
Adaptive Shifts
Anchialine Caves
Anchialine Caves, Diversity in
Behavioral Adaptations in Cave Living Animals
Burnesville Cove, Virginia
Castleguard Cave
Cave, Definition of
Cave Dwellers in the Middle East
Clastic Sediments
Closed Depressions
Coastal Caves
Contamination of Cave Waters by Heavy Metals
Contamination of Cave Waters by Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids
Cosmogenic Isotope Dating
Dinaric Karst, Diversity in
Diversity in Australia
Diversity in Europe
Diversity in the Tropics
Diversity in the United States
Early Humans in the Mammoth Cave Area
Entranceless Caves, Discovery of
Entranceless Caves, Geophysics of
Epikarstic Communities
Evolution of Lineages
Food Sources
Friars Hole System, West Virginia
Glacier Caves
Guano Communities
Gypsum Caves
Gypsum Flowers
Huautla System, Mexico
Hydrogeology of Karst Aquifers
Hydrothermal Caves
Invasion, Active vs. Passive
Jewel Cave, South Dakota
Karst Waters Tracing
Kazumura Cave, Hawaii
Krubera Cave
Lechuguilla Cave, New Mexico
Life History, Evolution
Mammoth Cave System, Kentucky
Mapping Subterranean Biodiversity
Marine Regressions
Maya Caves
Modeling Karst Aquifers
Morphological Adaptations
Multilevel Caves and Landscape Evolution
Mulu Caves, Malaysia
Myth and Legend, Caves in
Natural Selection
Neutral Mutation
Nitrate Contamination in Karst Ground Water
Nullabor Caves, Australia
Paleomagnetic Record in Cave Sediments
Paleontology of Caves: Pleistocene Mammals
Passage Growth and Development
Pits and Shafts
Postojna-Planinska Cave System, Slovenia
Population Structure
Protecting Caves and Cave Life
Recreational Caving
Root Communities in Lava Tubes
Salpetre Mining
Show Caves
Siebenhengste Cave System, Switzerland
Sinking Streams and Cave Systems
Soil Piping and Sinkhole Failures
Solution Caves in Regions of Moderate Relief
Solutional Sculpturing
Species Interactions
Speleothem Deposition
Spiders & Related Groups
Stalactites and Stalagmites
Sulfuric Acid Caves
Ukrainian Caves
Vertebrate Visitors
Vicariance and Dispersalist Biogeography
Volcanic Caves
Wakulla Spring Underwater Cave System, Florida
Water Chemistry in Caves

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