A Guide to Speleological Literature of the English Language: 1794-1996

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A Guide to Speleological Literature opens the door to an amazingly diverse universe of books about caves: history, caving adventure, archeology, geology, biology, paleontology, conservation, exploration, show caves, and much more. Individual chapters cover the history of the literature of major sub-disciplined while indexes provide geographic, subject, and author access. In addition, noted authorities have provided introductions to the literature in the major areas of speleology. These contribute to making the book a good read. The most significant entries (about ten percent) are annotated by experts in the various fields. The editors traveled the world documenting the features of many of the over 3500 different books and booklets in the GUIDE.

This work contains details on a large number of books that are not accessible through any other known index. It is indispensable for anyone interested in caves, karst, and speleology. You will also find the GUIDE itself to be one of the most interesting books you will ever own.

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"The GUIDE is an indispensable resource for everyone interested in caves and karst. Covering all scientific fields, it is particularly valuable for the citations of the obscure "gray literature" of expedition reports, conference proceedings, and technical reports. By providing access to this material, the GUIDE solves a problem that has long plagued karst research." -- Christopher G. Groves, Assistant Director, Center for Cave and Karst Studies, Western Kentucky University

"The GUIDE is indispensable for everyone interested in cave animals, extreme environments, and karst studies. I love it." -- Thomas L. Poulson, Professor of Biology, University of Illinois

"This GUIDE is the definitive bibliography on caves and caving. The text is enlivened by essays written by experts who clearly love their subject. Not only will it provide reference information for everyone interested in caves, it will challenge young people to enter the field of speleology. Every library should have it." -- Linda Ballard, Director, University City Public Library, Missouri

"This massive work in scholarship fills a void in speleological literature. The introduction essays, through annotations, and comprehensive indices combine to make it an exceptional work. The GUIDE will interest both the professionals and amateurs, and is essential for all libraries." --Shirley Baker, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries, Washington University

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