This book highlights some of the most difficult and persistent exploration ever undertaken in the United States – in Burnsville Cove, a small limestone valley in west-central Virginia – while at the same time reviewing the scientific discoveries made in the area’s 116 km of caves in the course of 50 years. Overall, the book offers a unique combination of exploration and science by a conservation organization specifically dedicated to the preservation and study of the caves.
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Table of ContentsBurnsville Cove.- The Discovery and Exploration of the Butler Cave-Sinking Creek System.- BCCS: The Organization.- Exploration of the Outlet Caves. In Memory of Ronald W. Simmons.- The Discovery and Initial Exploration of the Chestnut Ridge Cave System.- The Bobcat Camps.- Finding the Blarney Stone.- Burns, Baby, Burns.- Pancakes and the Saga of Our Maple Sugar Digs.- Exploration of Barberry Cave and the Construction of Big Bucks Pit.- Caves of the Water Sinks Depression.- Helictite Cave.- Probing the Wishing Well.- The Homestead and Other BCCS Properties.- Scientific Research in Burnsville Cove.- Geology of Burnsville Cove, Bath and Highland Counties, Virginia.- Hydrogeology of Burnsville Cove.- Geology of Breathing Cave.- Geology of the Butler Cave – Sinking Creek System.- Geology of the Chestnut Ridge Caves.- Geology of the Caves in the Northern Cove.- Meteorology of Butler Cave.- Minerals and Speleothems in Burnsville Cove Caves.- Geomorphic Evolution of the Burnsville Cove Caves.- Afterword: The Future.- Appendix: The Stratigraphic Nomenclature of Burnsville Cove, Bath and Highland Counties, Virginia.