Encyclopedia of caves and karst science
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- Encyclopedia of caves and karst science
- Series Title:
- Gunn, John
- Publication Date:
- Subjects / Keywords:
- Caves ( local )
Geographical Coverage ( local )
Karst Areas ( local )
- serial ( sobekcm )
- This is the first encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science and provides a unique,
comprehensive, and authoritative reference source that can be used both by subjectspecialists who wish to obtain information from outside of their immediate area of
knowledge and by non-specialists who wish to gain an understanding of the diverse
and multi-disciplinary nature of caves and karst science. It will also be useful to cavers
who wish to learn more about the environments in which they undertake their sport
and to conservationists, engineers, planners, and others who are charged with
developing and managing in a sustainable manner complex karst environments. The
351 entries were selected by a multi-disciplinary Advisory Board of leading scholars,
all of whom are cavers. The entries cover a wide range of topics and each entry also
includes both references and further reading to enable deeper study. While not
intended as an atlas, there is a wide geographical coverage of all scientifically
important karst areas, the level of detail (continent, country, region, or individual site
or cave) reflecting the Advisory Boardâ€™s opinions as to the importance of the locality.
It is the first encyclopedia to cover all the disciplines involved in cave and karst
scienceâ€”archaeology, biology, chemistry, ecology, geology, geomorphology, history,
hydrology, paleontology, and physics as well as exploration, survey, photography,
literature, and art. The resources found in caves and in karst areas are outlined,
including the underground water that supplies around a quarter of the worldâ€™s
population. Caves and karst environments are fragile and special places so there is
appropriate consideration of conservation and management, including protected areas.
Contributors are all leading authorities in their area and all entries were subject to
review by the Editor, members of the Advisory Board, or other subject specialists.
The term â€œcaveâ€ is commonly applied to natural openings, usually in rocks, that are large
enough to permit entry by humans. The
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- University of South Florida Library
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- University of South Florida
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