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Current titles listed by publishers. Many other titles are also in the subject index.

Cave Books (CRF)

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
British Cave Research Association
Cave Books
Karst Waters Institute
National Speleological Society
La Venta
Speleo Projects
ZRC Carsologica Series

Catalog Index Page

Cave Books is a publishing house with interests in nonfiction and fiction having to do with caves, karst and speleology.

Cave Books publishes annual reports, research monographs, full length books, historical reprints and cave maps. Solicitation of manuscripts is an ongoing endeavor and new items are continuously being added to the inventory. Revenue from this effort provides the primary support for many Foundation programs, including the Cave Research Foundation (CRF) Annual Report.

The Cave Research Foundation grew out of efforts of cave explorers working in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky in the late 1940's."

Most of CRF's work is conducted on state and federal lands under a national Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.

Cave Geology
The definitive new book on the subject. Over 500 photographs and 250 diagrams and maps. Field techniques and examples are featured in this text written for anyone interested in caves and their origin. 454 pp. By Art Palmer. 2007, hb. $42.95

Under Plowman's Floor
Never read this classic of caving litereature by Red Watson? Shame, shame, shame! Now conveniently reprinted for rereading, gifts or discovering for the first time. The story of a man devoted to cave exploration. From his first cave to his metamorphis into a master caver. Richard Watson, 2006. $13.00

The Life And Death of Floyd Collins
Cave Books brings to print this original 1955 manuscript by Floyd's younger brother Homer Collins as told to John L. Lehrberger. As is pointed out in the introduction, maybe you can't believe everything Homer said and shouldn't treat caves the way Homer describes. A gripping cave adventure and a surprising new chapter in the legend of Floyd Collins. 2001, 206 pp. $11.00 pb, $15.00 hb.

Deep Secrets: The Discovery And Exploration Of Lechuguilla Cave
A long awaited account of the famous cave by Paul Burger, Larry Fish, Pat Kambesis, and Steve Reames. Numerous photographs, including many in color, as well as many maps. 381 pp, 1999, Hb $32.00, Pb $24.00

The story of a group of woman cavers trapped in a Virginia Cave and how they survive. 173pp, 18 illus., by Marian McConnell. hb $19.95, pb $10.95

A Guide to Speleological Literature ON SALE AT 1/2 PRICE
More than a bibliography. Over 3800 entries with introductions by some of the most important authors in the field. Annotations on hundreds of titles. By Northup et al, 538pp, 1998, hb, $35.00 $17.50 or pb., $25.00 $12.50

Speleology; Caves And The Environment
By George W. Moore and Nicholas Sullivan. Sure to become a standard just like the previous edition. 1997. hb $21.95, pb $15.95

Caverns Measureless To Man
The autobiography of a man who gave everything to his life. A remarkable story of a remarkable man. By Sheck Exley, 1994, 32pp, hb pb $22.00

South China Caves
Report on the 1988 joint expedition between South China Normal University and CRF. Ed. by Bridgemon & Lindsley, 62pp, pb. $8.00

Yochib: The River Cave
"An account of the exploration of the Sumidero Yochib of Mexico. A dangerous & difficult cave." By William Steele, 1985 164pp. pb $11.00

Archeology of the Mammoth Cave Area
A 1998 reprint of the most important work on the subject. Edited by Patty Jo Watson, 255pp, 1974, pb. $25.00

The Jewel Cave Adventure; Ffity Miles Of Discovery Under South Dakota
Herb & Jan Conn's tale of discoveries, adventures and caving. Illus., 244pp, 1977, pb. $11.95

Carlsbad, Caves and a Camera
Early exploration in Carlsbad and surrounding area with camera in hand. By Robert Nymeyer, 1978, pb, 185 photos, 328pp, $12.00

The Caves Beyond: The Story Of The Floyd Collins Crystal Cave Exploration
The official account of the 1954 NSS expedition is a classic caving adventure story. New introduction by Brucker. By J. Lawrence Jr. & R. Brucker, 318pp, 1976, pb. $14.95

The Art Of Caving
The ever popular art of Linda Heslop combined with commentary. 56pp, 1996, pb. $10.00

Atlas Of The Great Caves Of The World
An update of Courbon and Chabert's atlas. Translated & revised by Peter Bosted. Great maps & information. 369pp, 1989, pb. $22.00

Subterranean Climbers: Twelve Years In The World's Deepest Chasm
The Dent de Colles in SE France is one of the greatest cave networks in the world. Chevalier and his companions spent 12 years, 1936- 1947, establishing a depth record. With a new introduction. Reprint. By Pierre,Chevalier, 247pp, 1975, pb. $8.00

Rambles In The Mammoth Cave
2nd ed. reprint. 1845 by A.C.Bullitt, intro by H. Meloy, 134pp, pb, 1985. $6.00

Mammoth Cave l981
Color on black map with a topo map superimposed. Published by CRF. 24 x 36. $4.00

New Cave (Slaughter Canyon Cave)
A two color map with quite a bit of information about the cave on the back. 13 x 19. $2.00

Ogle Cave
An attractive large map, 1978. 18 x 24. $2.00

Karst Waters Institute

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
British Cave Research Association
Cave Books
Karst Waters Institute
National Speleological Society
La Venta
Speleo Projects
ZRC Carsologica Series

Catalog Index Page

"The Karst Waters Institute is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution whose mission is to improve the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through sound scientific research and the education of professionals and the public.

Institute activities include the initiation, coordination, and conduct of research, the sponsorship of conferences and workshops, and occasional publication of scientific works. KWI supports these activities by acting as a coordinating agency for funding and personnel, but does not supply direct funding or grants to individual researchers.

The KWI occasionally issues publications. These may report the results of research that the KWI has been involved in, or may be abstracts, proceedings, and field trip guides from Institute sponsored symposia. "

Selected Field Guides to Cave and Karst Lands of the United States
An educational ensemble of detailed, authoritative field guides for cave and karst areas of the United States. Includes seven previously published, but updated, guides that were a part of KWI conferences. Five new and two other updated, previously published guides were written by associates of KWI. The guides predominately focus on the geology and hydrology of a specific region, but cultural history, biological diversity, and anthropogenic issues are also highlighted by some. Formal road or cave logs are included. 2009, 184 pages, SB. $48.00

Frontiers of Karst Research
From the workshop held in May, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. The report contains three main parts: Part 1 is the overview summary of the Opportunities & Recommendations, The Future Frontier; Part II contains seven state-of-the-art, Today’s Frontier, papers presented by breakout leaders at the workshop; and Part III consists of the seven reports, Findings and Recommendations, from the workshop focus groups. KWI # 13. Jon Martin & William B. White, eds. 118 pages, sb, 2008. $38.00

Paleokarst: A systematic and regional view
KWI Digital Reprint series #2. A scanned version of the complete book as files in pdf (tiff) format. The book contains 725 pages and 38 chapters. 2009, original book edited by Pavel Bosák, et al., 1989. $15.00

KWI Digital Reprint Series #3. A scanned version of the complete 1988 book in PDF form on CD-ROM. 2009. Edited by N.P. James and P.W. Choquette. 416 pages. $15.00

Palaeokarsts and Palaeokarstic Reservoirs
KWI Digital Reprint Series #4. A 2009 scanned version of the complete 1991 book in PDF form on CD-ROM, edited by V.P. Wright, M. Esteban, and P.L. Smart. 158 pages. $15.00

Karst Hydrology: Concepts from the Mammoth Cave Area
KWI Digital Reprint Series #5. A 2009 scanned version of the complete 1989 book in PDF form on CD-ROM, editted by W.B. White and E.L. White. 346 pages. $15.00

Karst From Recent to Reservoirs
Ira D. Sasowsky, Charles T. Feazel, John E. Mylroie, Arthur N. Palmer, Margaret V. Palmer (eds), 2008, 221pp., sb. KWI special publication #14 including keynotes, extended abstract and field trip guide from the 2008 conference in Rapid City, SD. $60.00

Speleochronos Vol. 1-10, 1989-99, CD-ROM
Journal published by CERAK. Mostly in French, 364 pages in pdf format. Karst Waters Institute reprint. $15.00

Benchmark Papers in Karst Science
A selection of what the editors deem to be key papers – the benchmark contributions – of the past 50 years from both the biological sciences and the geological sciences. Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 11 - William B. White and David C. Culver (eds) 2007. 590 pages, Hb, $74.00

Time In Karst
KWI Special Publication 12 - Selected papers and abstracts of the symposium held March 14 through 18, 2007, Postojna, Slovenia. Andrej Kranjc, Franci Gabrovsek, David C. Culver, and Ira D. Sasowsky (eds), 2007, 260 pages, Full color throughout, pb, $69.00

Archives of Climate Change in Karst
Karst Waters Institute Special Publication number 10. Proceedings of the symposium Climate Change: The Karst Record (IV) held May 26 through 29, 2006 in Baile Herculane, Romania. Many of the papers in this publication address complex problems that regard the relationship between speleothem geochemistry, macroclimate, ecosystem (vegetation and soil), karst aquifer, and intimate crystal growth. Edited by Onac, Tamas, Constantin, and Persoiu. 2006. SB, 246 pp. $64.00

Breakthroughs in Karst Geomicrobiology and Redox Geochemistry
Special Publication number 1 on CD-ROM, a reissue of the abstracts and field trip guide for the symposium held on February 16-19, 1994 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A 111 page complete digital version in PDF format which may be printed for personal or non-profit educational use. In a book style case which has the title on spine and will stand along side books on a shelf. KWI plans to reissue all publications in this form once they go out of print. Edited by Sasowsky and M. Palmer. $15.00

Climate Change: The Karst Record
Special Publication number 2 on CD-ROM, a reissue of the extended abstracts of a conference held on August 1-4, 1996 at The Department of Geology University of Bergen, Nowway. A 196 page complete digital version in PDF format which may be printed for personal or non-profit educational use. In a book style case which has the title on spine and will stand along side books on a shelf. Edited by Lauritzen. $15.00

Hydrogeology and Biology of Post-Paleozoic Carbonate Aquifers
Extended abstracts and full papers. Almost 50 papers in 8 study areas from the March 2002 symposium. Karst Waters Institute Special Publication number 7. 212 pp., 2002, pb. $32.00

Mapping Subterranean Biodiversity
Karst Waters Institute Special Publication #6. The proceedings of an international workshop in Ariege, France, 2001. Featuring the use of databases and other methods, a combination of narrative of workshops presented and short papers. 82pp, pb, $26.00

Conservation And Protection Of The Biota Of Karst
KWI Special Publication #3. The extended abstracts and field-trip guide for the symposium held Feb.13-16, 1997, Nashville Tenn. Ed.by Sasowsky, Fong & White. 118pp, 1997, pb. $22.00

Karst Hydrology Atlas of West Virginia
Special publication #4 of the Karst Waters Institute. An oversized (11" x 14") publication full of photos, two color maps and charts. A must for anyone interested in West Virginia or hydrology. By William K. Jones, 111pp, 1997, Spiral bound. Originally $35.00 - Reduced price from KWI $26.00

Karst Modeling
KWI Special Publication #5. Proceedings of the symposium held February 1999, Charlottesville Virginia. Over 50 papers, ed by Arthur N. Palmer, Margaret V. Palmer and Ira D. Sasowsky, 1999, pb, 265pp, $38.00, CD $15.00.

National Speleological Society (NSS)

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
British Cave Research Association
Cave Books
Karst Waters Institute
National Speleological Society
La Venta
Speleo Projects
ZRC Carsologica Series

Catalog Index Page

The NATIONAL SPELEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (NSS) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It was founded for the purpose of advancing the study, conservation, exploration, and knowledge of caves. In addition, the Society collects and publishes information relating to speleology in this country and in all parts of the world. Membership in the Society encourages protection and conservation of caves and provides contact with thousands of serious explorers and scientists in the United States and foreign countries.

Lew Bicking: A Legendary American Cave Explorer
First hand accounts of one the early systematic U.S. cave explorers are gathered in this fascinating compilation by author David Hughes. Published by The National Speleological Society which annually gives its top exploration award in his memory. 324pp, hb. $33.00

Blue Spring Cave
Follow modern explorers on their exploration of this underground wonderland. The path is not simple or easy and required long-term perseverance to unravel. Huge passages and rooms were discovered along with rare and beautiful cave formations. Divers have recently pushed in from Blue Spring for over a mile in flooded cave passages. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps. By Larry Mathews and Bill Walter, 346 pp, 2010. $35.00

Caves of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains
The complete history of the exploration, use and commercial development of fourteen caves in the Knoxville/Great Smoky Mountains area. Includes the history of exploration and mapping by NSS members. By Larry Mathews, pb, 296 pp. $22.00

Vermont Caves; A Geologic and Historical Guide
(with a special supplement of Caves of the Eastern Adirondacks, New York)
Guide book to the 2010 NSS Convention. 150pp, pb, fold out USGS index of Vermont topo maps in back. Written by Peter Quick, NY section by Chuck Porter. $25.00 Sale $18.00

Caves & Karst of The USA
Covers all major cave and karst areas of the United States with a chapter on neighboring countries. More than 600 color photographs. Published as the guidebook from the 2009 ICS, this is a wonderful compilation. Dense with information. A great way to be updated on many caves and cave areas and to be introduced to new ones. A perfect companion piece to "Cave Geology". 445pp, SB, Edited By Arthur N. Palmer and Margaret V. Palmer, 2009. $48.00 Sale $29.00

Caves of Fire: Inisde America's Lava Tubes
A comprehensive book on lava tube caves in the USA and the surprising variety of features found within. In addition the book highlights lava tube caves open to the general public in national and state parks. More than 340 color photographs of stunning lava tube formations and passages. By Dave Bunnell, 2008, 124 pp, sb. $35.00

The Taming Of the Slough
A Comprehensive History of Peacock Springs

Sheck Exley's story of discovery and mapping of Peacock Springs Cave System. Sandra Poucher edited Exley's own incomplete manuscript, unfinished at the time of his death in 1994. Includes 16 pages of color photos. Published by the NSS CDS, 2004. 170 pp., pb. $20.00

Evolution of Karst Aquifers

44 authors from 15 countries summarize knowledge of origins of caves and the approaches that have been adopted to study them. Edited by Klimchouk, Palmer, Dreyboldt and Ford. 527pp, hb, 2000. $45.00

Cave Minerals of the World
Second Edition. So completely improved and revised that it is really not a second edition. Won the prize at the international congress for the most significant book written in the last four years. By Carol Hill and Paolo Forti, 463pp, hb, color photos throughout. $45.00

Caving Basics
A very good guide for a new caver. By the Caver Training Committee of the NSS. 187pp, 1992, pb. $17.00

On Rope
North American vertical rope techniques, revised edition. Includes a many new areas and ideas. By Smith and Padgett, 382pp, 1996, Hb. $28.00

On Call
NSS field guide and rescue techniques compendium. Hempel, 2001. 384PP, SB. $31.00

On Station
A complete handbook for surveying & mapping caves. A good place to start your training. An NSS publication. By George Dasher, 1994, hb, 242pp. Reprinted 2009. $33.00

NSS Cave Diving Manual;An Overview
The best material from the NSS's best cave divers. Ed. by Joe Prosser and H.V. Gray. 377 pages, pb. 1998 reprint. $32.00

NSS Cavern Diving Manual
Basic reference for cavern diving. By Zumrick, Prosser & Gray, 121pp, 1988, pb. $15.00

Underwater Cave Surveying
Lots of detail & illus. by John Burge, 134pp, l988, pb. $21.00

Basic Cave Diving
"A blueprint for survival" by Sheck Exley. Still the best basic info. 46pp, pb, fifth ed. $8.00

Cave Diving Communications
A detailed view of sound, light, hand, slate, touch, feel and line markers. by Joe Prosser & H.V.Gray. Illus, 59pp, 1990, pb. $10.00

Speleo Projects

Speleo Projects is a publisher of exploration reports and pictoral overviews of specific caves or countries. They are best known for their high quality photography including their beautiful annual calendar.

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
British Cave Research Association
Cave Books
Karst Waters Institute
National Speleological Society
La Venta
Speleo Projects
ZRC Carsologica Series

Catalog Index Page

Beneath the Cloud Forests
A History of Cave Exploration in Papua New Guinea

if you liked the National Geographic article, Caving in Papua New Guinea, (Sept. 2006), read more about the thrilling adventures of international expeditions to this wild region in "Beneath the Cloud Forests - A History of Cave Exploration in Papua New Guinea". This compelling narrative by Howard Beck was honored by the International Union of Speleology with an award in 2005.

An account of adventure and exploration in one of the world’s last remaining wild places: the primordial jungles of Papua New Guinea and the strange realm of the caverns that lay hidden beneath them. Since 1965, over 30 international caving expeditions have been fielded throughout New Guinea. The story unfolds like a drama, a compelling narrative of survival both above and below ground. By Howard Beck. 2003, Speleo Projects, hardbound. English, with numerous illustrations. 352 Pages, 64 color, with 31 maps. $42.00

Alpine Caving Techniques
A Complete Guide to Safe and Efficient Caving

The long-awaited English edition of this classic manual. A definitive source for caving techniques. Emphasizes vertical caving and rigging practices, as well as presenting new and thorough discussions on many other aspects of cave exploration. A must for every caver. by Marbach and Tourte. 2002, hb., 320 pp. $39.50

Die St. Beatus-Hohlen
Enstehung, Geschichte, Erforschung

Maps, science and beautiful photographs with English summaries of German and French text. Published by Speleo Projects. 2004, 260pp., Hb. $35.00

Looking For Lola
Jack the shepherd has lost his goat, cavers help to find her. A great adventure picture book from Speleo Projects for the read-to or early reader ages. Adults will enjoy sharing or having this delightful caver story, too! $12.95

Proyexto Cerro Rabon:1990-1994, Oaxaca, Mexico
A thorough and well written report with photos and maps. In four languages. 192pp, 1996, pb $36.00

Majlis Al JInn
A spectacular view of a desert cave entrance. Printed on high quality paper. By Kevin Downey. 25 x 18 inch poster. $7.00

Spectacular ice formation photographed by Franz Lindenmayr. Also an exceptional printing job by Speleo Projects. 25 x 18 inch poster. $7.00

The spectacular "Jewel of the Underground" book cover. 25 x 18 inch poster. $5.00

The BCRA Cave Studies Series
Introductory booklets on a range of cave-related topics.

The aim of the Cave Studies series is to provide an introductory text aimed at the sport caver who has become interested in some other aspect of speleology. The series editor is always willing to consider possible new titles to add to the series, and to discuss details with potential authors.

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
British Cave Research Association
Cave Books
Karst Waters Institute
National Speleological Society
La Venta
Speleo Projects
ZRC Carsologica Series

Catalog Index Page

The aim of the Cave Studies series is to provide an introductory text aimed at the sport caver who has become interested in some other aspect of speleology. The series editor is always willing to consider possible new titles to add to the series, and to discuss details with potential authors. Some new titles are currently in preparation, and BCRA hopes to continue to publish titles at the rate of about one per year.

Grotte Casteret: An Annotated and Illustrated Bibliography
BCRA Cave Studies Series #17. With color photos and maps. Editied by David St. Pierre, 2007, 52pp, pb. $12.00

Essential Sources in Cave Science
British Cave Research Association Cave Studies series no. 16. (2006). Edited by Graham S.Proudlove. This book contains 15 chapters covering all of the disciplines within cave science. Each chapter (see below) contains an introduction to the discipline and then a list of literature sources which provide up to date information on the breadth and depth of the subject. A third section contains links to internet based (web and listserv) resources. The book is aimed at three audiences, the novice who needs to read up on a discipline, the researcher who wants to expand out of their normal field (e.g. for interdisciplinary research), and the ordinary caver who is curious to learn more. Each chapter is written by a recognised authority and all chapters were peer-reviewed by at least two world class reviewers. This is the first colection of its type to reach publication.
1. Introduction
2. Geology - Dave Lowe
3. Geomorphology - Tony Waltham
4. Hydrology + Hydrogeology - Chris Groves
5. Chemistry - Simon Bottrell
6. Physics - David Gibson, Clark Friend, Phil Murphy
7. Speleogenesis - Dave Lowe
8. Minerals and Speleothems - Charlie Self
9. Palaeoenvironments - Andy Baker
10. Biology - Graham Proudlove
11. Bats - John Altringham
12. Archaeology and Palaeontology - Andrew Chamberlain
13. Conservation and Management - Graham Price
14. Speleology - Ric halliwell
15. Periodicals - Graham Proudlove


Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales
By Tony Waltham and Martin Davies. An excursion guidebook to the karst landforms and some accessible caves within the Yorkshire Dales. 32 pages, A5, including maps & photos. (1987).

The Yorkshire Dales are a series of glaciated valleys carved into the upland area of the Central Pennines. The southern dales, centred on Ingleborough and Malham, cut into the thick bed of the Great Scar limestone, wherein lie some of the finest caves in Britain. Above the limestone plateaux rise hills formed mainly of shale, notably the Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside.

Following a brief introduction to the geology and geomorphology of the area the reader is taken on four brief "excursions" to the areas of Chapel-le-Dale, Gaping Gill (Ingleborough), Malham and Ribblesdale. The guidebook is based on an earlier publication from the committee of the 7th International Congress of Speleology (1977), by Glover, Pitty & Waltham. The text has been extensively revised by Tony Waltham and the maps re-drawn by Martin Davies. $8.00

Caves and Karst of the Peak District
by John Gunn and Trevor Ford. An excursion guidebook to the karst landforms and some accessible caves within the Peak District. 32 pages, A5, including maps and photos. (1990).

The Peak District lies at the southern end of the Pennines, mostly within Derbyshire. To the south, the White Peak is limestone country, with its dales and caves. The particular features of the area have precluded both the development of deep potholes which are common in the Yorkshire Dales, and the extensive river caves common in South Wales. Veins of galena (lead ore), fluorspar, baryte and calcite are widespread - there are many old mines, and some caves were first entered by lead miners.

Following an introduction to the geology and geomorphology of the area the reader is taken on seven brief "excursions" to the areas of Buxton, Castleton (2), Dove Dale, Upper Lathkilldale, Matlock and Eyam. $8.00

An Introduction to British Limestone Karst Environments
Edited by John Gunn. A guide to the hydrogeology, geomorphology and conservation of Britain's limestone regions. 40 pages, A5, including maps and diagrams. (1994).

This guidebook was compiled to mark the occasion of a joint meeting in Britain of the IGU Commission on Environmental Changes and Conservation in Karst Areas, the Karst Commission of the International Association of Hydrologists and a UNESCO International Geological Correlation Programme.

Limestone and karstic environments are important in England (and to a lesser extent elsewhere in Britain) because much of the groundwater supply of Eastern and southern England is drawn from limestone aquifers.

The book consists of six reviews. Two present a broad background to the varied geomorphology and hydrology of Great Britain; three discuss the Carboniferous, Jurassic and Cretaceous (chalk) limestone environments, and a final review discusses some minor carbonate formations. A list of references is included. $8.00

Caves and Karst of the Brecon Beacons National Park
by Mike Simms. A guide to walks illustrating the karst landforms and some accessible caves within the Brecon Beacons National Park. 32 pages, A5, including maps and photos, (1998).

A wide diversity of rock types are found in the Brecon Beacons National Park, from sandstone and conglomerates to mudstones and limestones, but it is the solubility of limestone in water that lends a particularly distinctive character to the landscape, which is characterised by limited surface drainage and the development of underground drainage routes, or caves. Through a series of excursions across various parts of the limestone outcrop, this guide highlights and explains some of the karst features within the National Park. $8.00

Walks around the Caves & Karst of the Mendip Hills
by Andy Farrant. A guide to walks illustrating the karst landforms and some accessible caves within the Mendip Hills. 40 pages, A5, including maps and photos, (1999).

Although a relatively compact area, the Mendip Hills contain a wide variety of rock types and landforms. The distinctive feel of the landscape is enhanced by the marked contrast between the flat alluvial Somerset Levels to the south, the bleak rugged upstanding limestone plateau with its dry valleys and gorges, and the heather clad sandstone summits such as Blackdown and North Hill.

The Mendip Hills lie 20 km south of Bristol and extend for some 50 km from the coast at Weston-super-Mare, inland to Frome in the east. Unlike all of the other major karst areas in Britain, the Mendips lay beyond the southern limits of the known glacial advances of the Pleistocene, the last million years or so. Thus, there are none of the bare rock pavements or glacially scoured 'U' shaped valleys that are so characteristic of the Yorkshire Dales and South Wales karst areas

Through a series of excursions, this guide is intended to highlight and explain some of the lesser known karst features in the area, as well as providing more information on the better known tourist sites. All of the excursions are fairly short and can be covered by a reasonably fit person in a less than half a day. Several of the excursions overlap and so can be amalgamated or altered to suit individual taste or requirements. $8.00

Sediments in Caves
by Trevor D. Ford. An outline guide to the sediments found in caves and what can be learnt from them. 2001. 32 pages with photos, A5 format.

Whilst sediments are common features of many caves, they are all too often overlooked as objects of study in their own right. At best they are recorded on surveys in a simple graphic way. In fact, sediments are an essential part of the evolutionary history of cave systems and worthy of proper investigation. This brief review attempts to draw attention to what can be learnt from sediments in the hope that others will take up the task of looking at what they can tell us.

This review covers the essential features of classification of sedimentary materials and the techniques which can be applied. The mechanisms by which sediments arrive in caves range from simple roof collapse to many surface processes. Rock materials are transported into and within caves mainly by water, varying from streams to rivers and freak floods, but wind-borne sediments and those transported by ice also play their part. Once in place, mineralogical changes may take place, including cementation and secondary mineral growth. A selection of examples of caves with complex histories from both Britain and overseas is included to illustrate what can be deduced from detailed studies. Assigning a date to a cave sediment is fraught with difficulties, but their place within a regional chronology is an essential part of any cave's history. Methods of dating are summarized and a selected bibliography is included. $8.00

A Dictionary of Karst and Caves
by David Lowe and Tony Waltham. A brief guide, for non-specialists, to the geomorphological and geological aspects of cave and karst science. 2001. 40 pages, A5, including diagrams and photos.

This dictionary is intended to provide a convenient first reference source, mainly for use by non-specialists whose understanding of cave and karst science may sometimes be obscured by terminology that is in everyday use by scientists. The coverage is biased towards geomorphological and geological aspects of karst and so does not claim to be exhaustive. Although the book is aimed at British readers examples from other regions are also provided. $8.00

Cave Surveying
by Anthony Day. A guide to the equipment, techniques and methodology of the BCRA system. 40 pages, A5, including diagrams and photos.

Although quite clearly based on Bryan Ellis's An Introduction to Cave Surveying, (which was number 2 in the BCRA Cave Studies Series, and is now out of print), this new publication represents a careful review and thorough updating of the subject, both in the basic approach and the BCRA 'standards'. Information subject to change over time (particularly contact details for software suppliers) will be issued on a free insert, from time to time, and maintained at bcra.org.uk/surveying/. $8.00

Underground Britain: Legal and Insurance issue
by David Judson. A short reference work that outlines the laws affecting cavers and mine explorers.

This is a short reference work that outlines the laws affecting cavers and mine explorers - for example, the principles of land ownership and access to land and over it. On legal issues, the booklet covers the situation in England and Wales - the law in Scotland is different and is not covered in any detail. For insurance issues, the whole of the British Isles is considered. There are appendices listing the relevant legislation, books and reference materials, and contact addresses for governmental, institutional and other organisations likely to be useful in seeking out more specific or detailed information. If you share the responsibilities of running a caving club or mining history society it is sensible to gain an understanding of legal and insurance terms, and to know what you should and what you should not be doing. $8.00

Exploring the Limestone Landscapes of Upper Wharfedale
by Phillip Murphy

Here we explore Upper Wharfedale not only from the viewpoint of the caver, but also the non-caver, the would-be caver, the never-will-be-caver and the just plain interested visitor wishing to learn a little more about the exciting and unusual glaciokarst landscape that is all around. We suggest interesting walks away from the public highway, off the beaten track that can be undertaken on foot, or in some instances by off-road bicycle, and try to explain what is to be seen and tell something of what lies beneath or within the rock. $8.00

Swildons 2 & 3
by David Irwin. A history of the exploration beyond sump 1 in Swildon's Hole, Priddy, Somerset.

This is a venture into new territory so far as the Cave Studies Series is concerned - speleo-history, in this case the exciting story of how one particular cave was explored in the days before the second world war. The early days, prior to 1921, are covered in outline, but in the main it is the story of how the exploration of flooded cave passage was attempted, of how several approaches were tried, and of how, through the application of simple logic leading to technical innovation, success was eventually achieved. $8.00

Exploring the Limestone Landscapes of the Three Peaks and Malham
by Phillip Murphy.

This walking, cycling and motoring guide is the 15th in the BCRA Cave Studies Series. Brief descriptions of the geology, geomorphology, glaci-ology, cave development, archae-ology, and mineral extraction of the area are followed by eleven suggested excursions. These range from 1.2 km to 45 km in length.

Two circuits of Whernside and Ingle-borough by car and/or bicycle are described, and nine walks: Clapham Woods & Gaping Gill, Austwick & the Norber Erratics, Giggleswick Scar, Hull and Hunt Pots, Sell Gill Holes & High Birkwith, Victoria & Attermire caves & Langcliffe Moor, the Malham area, Malham Tarn; and finally, Aire Head Springs. The excursions are well described including details of the geological and karst features and local history. $8.00

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)

A Publication of the Speläoclub Berlin. The monographic series, "Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte" is released on an occasional basis. Series editor Michael Laumanns. The most comprehensive and consistently published source for reports on worldwide caving expeditions and digests of current speleological inventory and exploration information in the English language.

Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte (BHB)
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Resources on the Speleology of Meghalaya State, India. Part 3: West Khasi Hills.
164 karst sites and caves are presented in detail, the longest of which is Morasora Rongkol (Bagli District) at 5,829 m. As most of the known caves are still unsurveyed this compilation is an invaluable source for future speleological documentation in the West Khasi Hills. 120 pp., colour photo tables, many surveys and colour maps; Berlin 2011. $22.00

Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia
BHB volume 40-41. Michael Laumanns & Liz Price (Editors). 344 pages, hundreds of cave descriptions, cave surveys and maps; Berlin 2010. The “Yellow Pages” of caving in SE Asia. Each country is presented in detail including topographic and karst occurrence maps as well as a description of the geological settings, the history of speleological exploration, a detailed list of the longest and deepest caves (incl. surveys), a list of useful addresses and an in-depth bibliography. Some countries also have maps showing the administrative divisions and other relevant thematic maps.Vol. 40 covers: Introduction & Brunei - Malaysia (174 p.).Vol. 41 covers: Myanmar – Vietnam (170 p.).In English language. With a German and French abstract. $44.00 set or $22.00 each.

Karst and Caves of Myanmar
BHB volume 39. 130 pp., colour maps, many surveys; Berlin 2010. Michael Laumanns (Editor). Everything on the caves and the karst of Burma. Descriptions of over 280 underground sites, including man-made underground temples. ALL available cave surveys, many of which are published for the first time. Has location maps, an in-depth bibliography as well as a synoptic list of caves according to provinces. The compilation also has chapters on cave archaeology, and biospeleology, including cave-dwelling bats. In English language with a German and French abstract. $22.00

The Unknown North of Laos. Part 3 – 2009-2010: Karst and Caves of the Provinces Houaphan and Oudomxay.
BHB volume 38. Joerg Dreybrodt & Michael Laumanns. 132 pp, colour photo tables, many maps and surveys; Berlin 2010. Presents the results of the 2009 – 2010 international expeditions to northern Laos. 28.3 km of cave passage from 39 caves. Includes the new longest cave of northern Laos (Tham Chom Ong System), which is also the 2nd longest cave of Laos and the currently 9th longest cave of SE Asia. Has chapters on physico-chemical water analysis, speleothem dating as well as biospeleology. In English language with a German and French abstract. $22.00

Iran Cave Directory 2nd Edition
BHB volume 37. Ezzatollah Raeisi & Michael Laumanns. 143 pp., many surveys and colour maps; Berlin 2009. THE reference on karst and caves of Iran. Introduction: Geological and tectonical settings, state of speleology in Iran, general explanations. Cave surveys. Thematic tables. Geological map. The main section of the book lists and describes, in the form of a table with far more than 850 lines, all caves, which became known up till now in Iran – obtained to a great part by the translation of Persian sources that are not accessible in the Occident. Detailed list of references. In English language, with a Farsi and German abstract. $22.00

Speleological Projects 2007 and 2008 to Gabon (Central Africa) - Expéditions Spéléologiques 2007 et 2008 au Gabon (Afrique Centrale).
BHB volume 36. Trevor Frost & Olivier Testa (eds.): 68 pp., colour photo tables, many maps and surveys; Berlin 2009. This volume covers two expeditions to southern Gabon: a French trip to the Tchibanga area in 2007 as well as a US-German expedition to Lébamba in 2008. 6.5 km of cave passages were explored in 27 caves, including the new longest cave of Gabon - the Mbenaltembe Cave System at 2,380 m of length. Includes much more information on unexplored caves in Gabon. $22.00

Resources on the Speleology of Meghalaya State, India. Part 2: Garo Hills.
BHB volume 35. Herbert Daniel Gebauer: 132 pp., colour photo tables, numerous maps and surveys; Berlin 2009. The first regional monograph on one of the world’s most exciting caving areas in northeast India. 124 caves are presented in detail. Over 30 km of cave passages described with many open leads and unmapped galleries, even in major unexplored caves, the currently longest of which is Tetengkol (Nengkhong) at 5,681 m. An invaluable source for future speleological documentation in the Garo Hills. List of references covered by volume 33 of this series. $22.00

International Speleological Project to Cambodia 2008 (Battambang area)
BHB volume 34. Michael Laumanns (ed.):
69 pages, many maps and cave surveys; Berlin 2009. This volume represents most comprehensive study of the karst and the caves of the Battambang (NW Cambodia) area so far. 65 registered caves. 42 cave maps. $22.00

Resources on the Speleology of Meghalaya State India, Part 1: Overview.
#33 in the Berliner Hohlenkundliche Berichte series. $22.00

Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Africa. 2nd edition.
464 pages, zillions of cave descriptions, cave surveys and maps; Berlin 2008. The “Yellow Pages” of caving in Africa. Each country is presented in detail including 3 maps (topography, geology and karst occurrences) as well as a description of the geological settings, the history of speleological exploration, a detailed list of the longest and deepest caves (incl. surveys), a list of useful addresses and an in-depth bibliography.Vol. 28 covers: Introduction & Algeria – Guinea (154 p.).Vol. 29 covers: Guinea-Bissau – Namibia (158 p.).Vol. 30 covers: Niger - Zimbabwe & General References (152 p.).In English language. With a German and French abstract in vol. 28. $22.00 each volume. (Specify the set if you want all 3, price $66.00)

The Karst of the Bol’shoj Tkhach (NW Caucasus, Russia)
BHB #25, 2008 pb, $22.00

Karst and Caves of Iraq
BHB #26, 2008, 58pp plus color photos and maps. $22.00

Resources on the Speleology of Madhya Pradesh State, India
BHB #27, 2008, 158pp. $22.00

The Caves of Rwanda 2nd Edition
BHB #23. A replacement and update of Volumes 11 and 15. 2007. pb, 134pp plus 45 pages of maps and appendixes. $22.00

Northern Vietnam 1993-2006
BHB #22, Belgian-Vietnamese speleological projects in provinces of Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau and Son La. 2007, pb 212pp. $22.00

Resources on the Speleology of Himachal Pradesh (India)
Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte #21

Another of these wonderful expedition reports. This one is by Herbert Daniel Gebauer, 66pp, English, Pb. $22.00

Soqotra Karst Project (Yemen), 2000 -2004
A summary of the SKP - an ongoing speleological investigation focused on the island of Soqotra. A total of 28 caves mapped and studied. Foldout maps included. # 20 in the BHB series. Peter De Geest editor. 70 pages, english, 2006. $22.00

Volume 19
Herbert Daniel Gebauer: Resources on the Speleology of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana (India)
. Including the Union Territories Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, and the municipalties of Delhi and Chandigar. 67 pages, maps & surveys; Berlin 2005. The whole Northwest of India is dealt with in this volume. 129 caves, some man-made caverns and wells are described in detail. Many cave surveys. 15 pages of bibliographical references, a glossary and about 170 footnotes. In English language. $22.00

Volume 18
Herbert Daniel Gebauer: Resources on the Speleology of Jammu & Kashmir State, India

97 pages, surveys, maps; Berlin 2005.
Better to read about it than travelling around in this west Himalayan region, which is famous for its natural beauty but is claimed by both India and Pakistan resulting in a continuous border conflict. All the known 261 cave sites, karst springs as well as some man-made caves are presented in detail in this report - thus, a unique source for future speleological investigations as most of the caves are not mapped yet. The caves include important Hindu pilgrim shrines like Armanath Cave. The report has over 30 pages of bibliographical references and extensive annotations with about 500 footnotes as well as a glossary. In English language. $22.00

Volume 16
J. Dreybrodt & M. Laumanns (Hrsg.): The unknown North of Laos. Karst and Caves of the Provinces Luang Phrabang and Luang Nam Tha

144 pages, colour photo tables, numerous maps and surveys; Berlin 2005. Presents the results of the only caving expeditions to northern Laos: a Dutch trip from 2000, German expeditions in 2002/03 and 2003/04, and a joint German-Dutch expedition in 2005. 68 caves with a total passage length of 24.3 km were surveyed, e.g. the Tham Nam Eng cave system (3.1 km and 3.5 km) and the cave system of Tham Seua-Nam Lot (2.65 km). Includes a detailed study of cave dwelling bats of the region and an updated biospeleogical overview on whole Laos. In English language with a German and French abstract. $22.00

Volume 15
M. Laumanns; S. Schmassmann & H. Adrian: The Caves of Rwanda, supplement 1; Les Grottes du Rwanda, supplément 1
62 pages, colour photo table, maps, many cave surveys; Berlin 2005. Volume 11 of the Berliner höhlenkundliche Berichte presented the results of a German-Swiss caving expedition to Rwanda from the year 2003. Another expedition with German, Dutch, US-American as well as Tanzanian/Kuwaiti participants was conducted in the year 2004. Twenty more caves with a total of 9.1 km of passages were surveyed. These caves are described in detail in this report. $22.00

Volume 14
Herbert Daniel Gebauer: Resources on the Speleology of Afghanistan

166 pages, many cave surveys, maps and B&W photos; Berlin 2004. The up-to date standard reference on karst and caves of Afghanistan. All the known 278 Afghan caves and numerous man-made rock-chambers are presented in detail on the basis of nearly 700 bibliographical references. Extensive annotations with about 770 footnotes. With a very extensive list of references, an alphabetical name register, and with a cave list according to provinces. In English language. $22.00

Volume 13
S. van der Schuit & M. Laumanns: Madagascar 1991/92 and 2003 (Bemaraha, Namoroka and Narinda)

72 pages, many cave surveys and colour photo tables; Berlin 2004.A Dutch expedition to the Bemaraha karst (2003) as well as two German projects to south Narinda (1991/92) and Namoroka (1992) are presented in detail in this volume. The 2003 expedition revealed 7.228 m from 14 caves, e.g. Zohy Krisitaly (3.355 m) and Zohy Malalaky (2.166 m). 9 caves at 8.678 m were mapped during the 1991/92 projects, including 4.630 m long Anjohibovonomby in the Namoroka karst. In English language with a 10 pages long French text on the 2003 expedition. $22.00

Volume 12
S. Arshadi & M. Laumanns: Speleological Project Ghar Katalehkhor (Zanjan / Iran)

56 pages, cave survey (atlas sheets) and colour photo tables; Berlin 2004. In 2003 a joint Iranian-Swiss-German speleological project firmly established Ghar Katalehkhor (Zanjan province) as the currently longest cave of Iran at 12.860 m, 1.250 m of which are accessible for tourists. This report gives a detailled overview about the physical speleology and the speleogenesis of the cave, that has unique speleothems and fossil deposits. In English language. With an abstract in German. $22.00

Volume 10
E. Raeisi & M. Laumanns: Iran Cave Directory

101 pages, country maps in colour and many cave surveys; Berlin 2003. The first cave directory on Iran in English language, mainly translated from Persian sources. Description of more than 500 caves. A chapter deals with the state of speleology in Iran. With a detailed description of the geological and hydrogeological settings and its relation to speleogenesis in Iran. In English language with a German abstract. $22.00

Volume 6
M. Denneborg, M. Laumanns, M. Schnadwinkel & St. Voigt: German speleological campaign Cambodia 95/96
82 pp, photo tables and many surveys, 3 annexes; Berlin 2002. Report on the first caving expedition ever to Cambodia - and the only one, which has been conducted up till now. Detailled description of the caves in the Kampot district (southern Cambodia). 11,5 km of mapped passages in 37 caves. In English language with a French abstract. $22.00

Volume 5
H. Daniel Gebauer, Betsy Chhakchhuak & Neil Sootinck: Caves of Mizoram (speleological projects in NE-India)

40 pp, colour photo tables, many maps and cave surveys; Berlin 2001. 61 cave locations from the most remote Union State of India near the Burmese border are presented in this report, which is based on two reconnaissance projects in 1999 and 2001. With detailled topographical and cave distribution maps in colour. In English language. $22.00

Volume 4
M. Laumanns, S. Brooks, I. Dorsten, G. Kaufmann, M. Lopez-Correa & B. Köppen: Speleological Project Ghar Alisadr (Hamadan/Iran)

43 pp, many b&w-photos and surveys, annexes; Berlin 2001. In 2000/01 a German/British team explored Ghar Alisadr, which is the longest cave of Iran at 11.440 m. This volume gives a detailled description of Ghar Alisadr and adjacent caves. A chapter deals with the stand of speleology in Iran. In English language. $22.00

Volume 3
Michael Laumanns: Mozambique 1999
Report on the speleological project "Rio Buzi". - 43 pp, colour photo tables and many surveys; Berlin 2001. Full report on the second speleological expedition of Portuguese and German cavers to Mozambique. 63 caves with overall 5,4 km of mapped passages from the Rio Buzi region west of the port of Beira are described in detail. In English language with a German and French abstract. $22.00

Volume 2
Michael Laumanns: Mozambique 1998

Report on the European speleological project "Cheringoma 1998" / Relatório projecto espeleologico Europeu "Cheringoma 1998". - 85 pp, colour photo tables and many surveys, 7 annexes; Berlin 2001. Report on the first caving expedition ever to this East African country. Detailled description of the caves in the Cheringoma plateau NW of the port of Beira. 3,5 km of mapped passages in 32 caves. In English and Portuguese language with an Italian, French and German abstract. $22.00

Volume 1
Michael Laumanns: Tanzania 1994 - 2000

Report on the speleological projects in the Matumbi Hills (Kilwa District), Tanga and Zanzibar. - 67 pp, many b&w-photos and surveys, 4 annexes; Berlin 2001. This monograph gives a full report of the only international caving expeditions (in 1994, 1995 and 2000) that were conducted in Tanzania, which have revealed significant caves - e.g. the Nandembo Cave System at 7.510 m the 15th longest cave of Africa. Overall 21 km of mapped passages from 33 caves. In English language with a German and French abstract.. $22.00

Carsologica Series 
ZRC Publishing in association with The Karst Research Institute at ZRC SAZU.

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The Carsologica series brings results of a wide array of karst studies, from karst geology, formation and development of karst surface and caves to properties of karst hydrology. Geographically focuses on the Slovenian karst as well as on other types of karst throughout the world. The series is published in association with The Karst Research Institute at ZRC SAZU.

Characteristics Of Percolation Through The Karst Vadose Zone
The study of the vadose zone has been based on 35 years research of underground water circulation and the transfer of contaminants in karst and on continuous long-term measurements and analyses of precipitation on the surface and of several representative trickles in the vadose zone of Postojna Cave over consecutive hydrological years and it offers an explanation of the dynamics of the percolation of water and simultaneous transfer of contaminants and their impact on the dissolution of carbonate rock in the vadose zone. Emphasis is placed on a multi-parameter approach based on the simultaneous use of a number of different methods, not only tracing natural tracers but also tests with artificial tracers using different methods of injection. The research contributes to the understanding of the role of the vadose zone in the karst aquifer. In English. By Kogovsek. 168 pp., sb. $38.00

South China Karst II
Slovene and Chinese karstologists join studies from the chosen parts of diverse Yunnan karst, from topical cone karst on south and stone forest on center to mountain karst and high plateau karst of Tibet in the north. Presented are results of research in the karst on stone forests and other types of karst surfaces, soil erosion, the formation of tufa, vegetation, the development, age and sediment of karst caves, karst waters, epikarst fauna and the protection of the natural heritage. 2011. In English. Ed. by Knez, Liu, & Slabe. 237 pp., hb. $72.00

Dynamics Of Underground Water In The Karst Catchment Area Of The Ljubljanica Springs
Dinamika podzemne vode v kraskem zaledju izvirov Ljubljanice

The book is based on a several years long record of water levels and temperatures in caves between Planinsko polje and the springs of Ljubljanica. Correlation between the data, the discharge of the Unica river and the meteorological data gave new insights into the groundwater dynamics in relation to the recharge events as well as into the hydrological role of Planinsko polje. The work clearly demonstrates caves as important observation points in karst hydrology. 2010 In English & Slovenian. By Turk. 138 pp., sb. $30.00

Aspects of the History of Slovene Karst
Aspects of the history of Slovene caves and karst - myth, music, museum, and misuse, as well as exploration, publicity and tourism. A wide scope of related subjects covered. Many color photos and illustrations. By Shaw. 2010, 306 pp., sb. $38.00

Karst Rock Features
Karren Scupturing

30 authors expanding on 26 pages of references are used by editors Gines, Knez, Slabe and Dreybolt to compile a considerable examination of karst related rock forms with examples from around the world. Published in English by ZRC of Slovenia this comprehensive effort has work from many of the usual suspects and dramatic locales from Tsingy, through the southern Kanin platueau in the Western Alps, monsoon karren in Australia, pinnacle karst of Mount kaijende to Sicily and beyond examined in a scientific light. Color photos, illustrations abound. 560pp., 2009. $88.00

Palaeomagnetism and Magnetostratigraphy of Karst Sediments in Slovenia
Reports on ten years of study documenting the utility of cave sediments as a tool for reconstruction of the landscape evolution and tectonic regime in different karst regions. This research in Slovene caves contributes to improvement of techniques of sampling for high resolution in fine cave sediments with dense sampling space. Profusely illustrated, field schematics, color charts and photographs. 2008, by Hajna, Mihevc, Pruner and Bosak. 266 pp.. sb. $60.00

Names From The Past In Postojnska Jama (Postojna Cave)
Very many of the place names in the caves derive from natural, architectural and other familiar objects such as animals, birds, plants, rain, parts of churches, curtains and human anatomy. 370 individual places in the Postojnska jama cave system have been given names over the centuries, usually in three or more languages. The tabulated list forming the main body of this book lists all these names, together with locations and the period for which each name is known to have been used. By Trevor Shaw, 2006, 151 pp., paperback, $25.00

The Protection of Karst Waters
Detailed review of different methods with proposals for new methodology. By Natasa Ravbar, 2007, 254pp, pb. $38.00

Wolfgang Dreybrodt, Franci Gabrovsek, Douchko Romanov

This book draws together the major recent advances in the modeling of karst systems. Based on the dissolution kinetics of limestone, and flow and transport processes in its fractures, it presents a hierarchy of cave genetic situations that range from the enlargement of a single fracture to the evolution of cavernous drainage patterns in confined and unconfined karst aquifers. These results are also applied to the evolution of leakage below dam sites in karst. The book offers a wealth of informations that help to understand the development of cave systems. It addresses geologists, hydrologists, geomorphologists, and geographers. It is also of interest to all scientists and engineers who have responsibilities for groundwater exploration and management in karst terrains.

2005, 376 str., 250 slik in 8 tabel, 170 ¥ 240 mm, paperback, ISBN 961-6500-91-0. Price: $60.00

Copepod Fauna, its diversity and ecology: a case study from Slovenia (Europe)
Tanja Pipan

The book represents a detailed study of the fauna of drips and drip pools in six caves in Slovenia. Drips and drip pools are important because they are just about the only way of assessing the epikarst community. Using a special sampling device, it was possible to sample individual drips for extended periods of time. A total of 37 species of copepods were found in drips and drip pools. Significant differences in the fauna between drips and pools, presumably because of differential survival and reproduction in pools were found. Somewhat surprisingly it was found that the kind of pool, e.g., mud-bottomed compared to calcite bottomed, made little difference.
An unexpected result that the similarity of the epikarst copepod fauna is unrelated to geographic distance is discussed. Caves a few kilometers apart have no more similar fauna than caves tens of kilometers apart. In fact, similarities are generally low among caves, implying that that any similarity among the epikarst fauna must occur at smaller distances. This is part of a recurring theme of heterogeneity in epikarst copepod abundance and composition, both spatial and temporal.
The core of the study is multivariate statistical analysis of the environmental determinants of copepod species composition and abundance, which begins to make sense of the incredible variability of copepod fauna. The primary statistical tool was canonical correspondence analysis, a widely used procedure that allows a detailed interpretation of the relationship between copepod species, environmental variables, and caves.

Also of considerable interest were Pipan’s estimates of species richness of the epikarst copepod fauna. Estimating species richness is a very important research topic in the general field of biodiversity studies, and she utilizes the now standard species accumulation curves and “Chao2” estimates of species richness. As an example, using the stygobiotic copepods collected at individual drips, the “Chao2” estimate is 41 species, of which 23 have been observed. At least this puts some plausible bounds on the incredible species richness of this fauna.

All in all, study represents a major step forward in understanding epikarst communities, and used technique of continuous sampling of drips and the concomitant measurement of environmental parameters proved most illuminating. It probably raises as many questions as it answers, and this helps to set the stage for future research.
– from the review by prof. David C. Culver in Subterranean Biology, 2005

2005, 101 pp., 21 figures, 15 tables, 10 appendices, 170 ¥ 240 mm, paperback, ISBN 961-Price : $16.00


The main topic of this monograph is the weathering of carbonate rocks on the walls of cave passages. Of particular interest were the characteristics and peculiarities of the limestone and dolomite weathering processes, the type of solution and why all of the carbonate rock does not dissolve immediately. The results of incomplete solution of carbonate rock are weathered zones that remain on the cave passage walls. The most are weathered cave passage walls soaked by percolation water at the contact with sediments and walls exposed to condensation corrosion. On cave passage walls strongly weathered limestone and dolomite remain only where they are protected from further dissolution and mechanical erosion. During weathering the rock gradually discolours and by increased porosity looses its mechanical strength. Mineral and chemical composition of the weathered zone is almost identical to composition of parent rock, yet it is much more porous. Soluble remain of the incomplete limestone solution is opposed to general theories of karst origin as they accepted the opinion that limestone dissolves if affected by aggressive solution. In described cases an incomplete dissolution may just prepare the carbonate rock for the mechanical transport of its weathered particles by the flowing water. The transported carbonate particles of silt or clay size may accumulate in the cave passages as clastic cave sediments. In any case the speed of water flow must correspond to the rate of weathering in order to tear exposed particles from the rock surface.

2003, 154 pp., 133 colour and b/w photos, 170 x 240 mm, paperbound, ISBN 961-6358-85. Price: $25.00

Metka Petric

The book brings the analysis of relations between recharge and discharge of karst aquifers, i.e. input and output functions of karst system, which can be applied in order to define the characteristics of its functioning. Three different recharge-discharge models were set up. In the first one the measured precipitation and in the second the effective infiltration were used as the input component. In the third model also characteristics of the sub-system of unsaturated zone and the temporal distribution of the recharge in fast and slow component were taken into account. The functioning within the system was expressed by the transfer function between the input and the output signal, and the adequacy of individual models was evaluated according to the accuracy of the simulation, which is related to the transfer function’s ability to reproduce discharges, on the basis of which it was determined. The improvement in the model’s results, brought about by the introduction of the effective infiltration function instead of the precipitation, highlighted the significant influence exerted by the vegetation and processes in air and in the soil on the quantity and the temporal distribution of actually infiltrated water. The best results of the third model could be related to the existence of the certain mechanism that enables rapid entrance of the infiltrated precipitation water into karst drainage network and brings about as its consequence a typical reaction of karst springs, i.e. their rapid and intensively increased discharge. On the other hand, such mechanism enables a part of infiltrated precipitation to be temporarily stored during high waters and subsequently sustains the slower emptying of the aquifer also in period of low waters. We talk about specific hydrodynamic function of epikarst which, due to its typical structure, influences the temporal distribution of recharge.

2002, 154 pp., 17 x 24 cm, paperbound, ISBN 961-6358-59-6. Price: $22.00

Edited by Franci Gabrovsek

The book comprises proceedings of the symposium »Evolution of Karst: From Prekarst to Cessation«, organised by the Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU in September 2002 in Postojna. The aim of the book is to answer questions like: When does karst start and when does it end ? Which processes and events determine the evolution of karst? How do caves develop? How is subsurface hydrology and distribution of hypogean fauna connected to the state of karst evolution? How do we date processes in karst?

The first half of the book contains invited papers where authors give answers to the questions quoted above, each author from the perspective of his own research. These chapters cover porosity development in carbonates during diagenesis (V. P. Wright), effect of structure and lithology on karst development (D. C. Ford), speleogenesis in carbonates and evaporites (A. N. Palmer, A. Klimchouk), paleokarst (R. A. L. Osborne), models of early evolutions of karst aquifers (W. Dreybrodt & F. Gabrovs&Mac255;ek), karstification and groundwater flow (L. Kiraly), dating of karst processes (P. Bosak) and evolution of karst versus the distribution and diversity of hypogean fauna (B. Sket).

The second half of the book comprises papers covering current research on karst geomorphology, speleology and speleogenesis, karst hydrology, paleokarst, karstification in various settings, dating of events in karst and use geophysical methods in karst systems.

2002, 448 pp., 17 x 24 cm, paperbound, ISBN 961-6358-65-0. Price: $28.00


La Venta

The Association La Venta is a research group that organizes and runs various geographical exploration projects with particular attention to the underground world. Such projects are carried out using a multi-disciplinary approach, developing new ideas and using new research and dissemination strategies. La Venta focuses its attention mainly on the quality of documentation, from general communication to scientific publication. One of the main goals of the research projects carried out by the La Venta team is to strengthen the conservation of the areas where we work and to raise awareness of the people who live and work there.

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From Forests to Deserts; A Journey in the Caves of Mexico

A beautiful book from the La Venta Geographical Association, 2009, hb,155pp, fully illustrated, $40.00

Caves Of Sky
A Journey In The Heart Of Glaciers

With this marvellously illustrated work, the La Venta glacial speleology exploration team shares with us the precious memory of more than 20 years of impassioned exploration of "caves of sky" all around the world. Extraordinary, evocative black and white illustrations. 2007. 156pp. $44.00 Sale $38.00

Crystal Giants in the caves of Naica
A report on the Cueva de los Cristales near the small mining town in the northern Mexican state of Chichuahua. A forest of crystals, the biggest ones on the Planet. A cave with a temperature of 50 °C and 100% humidity; without protection, visitors can survive just a few minutes. 48pp, hb. 2008. Published by the La Venta project. $23.00

Rio La Venta: Treasure of Chiapas
A fantastic coffee table book covering ten year of exploration in an isolated area of Mexico by English, Mexican and Italian scientists and cavers. The studies covered archology, geology, geography, speleology, zoology and other aspects of the area. The book is packed with color photos and English text. A CD is included that allows you to take a virtual trip with the scientists and cavers through QuickTime animation, maps, statistics and music in a "VirtualGeo" multimedia presentation. A spectacular item printed on extra heavy paper. Worth every penny. Ed. by Badino et al, 1999, hb, 320pp. $90.00

Under the Desert:
The Mysterious Waters of Cuatro Ciénegas

This large-format book, heavily illustrated with color photographs, describes the Italian group's biological, geological, and speleological studies in Coahuila, a gypsum karst region with numerous spring pools. There are caves in the surrounding desert mountains. In English. Edited by Badino, et al La Venta 2004, 288 pp, hardbound, with CD and location map in pockets. $78.00