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Cave and Karst Systems of the World

The Caves of Burnsville Cove, Virginia

Fifty Years of Exploration and Science

Editors: White, William B. (Ed.)

  • Contributes to the understanding of cave and karst systems around the world
  • Documents some of the most intensive cave explorations ever undertaken in the United States
  • Summarizes 50 years of scientific investigations in the Burnsville Cove cave area
  • Includes hundreds of color photographs of caves and cave minerals 
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  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38544-0
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About this book

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.

About the authors

Dr. William B. White developed an early interest in caves and karst and started serious caving with an undergraduate summer job at Lincoln Caverns in 1951. In the 1950s he conducted investigations of many caves in central Pennsylvania and the Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia and has continued world-wide karst research projects for fifty years. Dr. White frequently collaborates with his wife, Dr. Elizabeth L. White, on karst hydrology studies and has been the advisor to numerous graduate students working on karst related topics. Dr. White authored numerous research papers and books dealing with karst. He was one of the first researchers in the United States to directly apply the laws of chemistry and physics to explain many of the seemingly mysterious characteristics of karst landforms. His papers on karst related topics cover a remarkably diverse range of specialties including geomorphic studies of karst drainage basins, hydraulics of water flow through limestone caves, kinetics of carbonate dissolution, transport of sediments through caves and the mineralogy of cave formations (speleothems). He is now retired from his dual appointment in the Department of Geosciences and in the Materials Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Burnsville Cove

    White, William B.

    Pages 1-16

  • Early Exploration: Breathing and Butler Caves

    White, William B.

    Pages 17-36

  • BCCS: The Organization

    Wefer, Fred L. (et al.)

    Pages 37-46

  • Exploration of the Outlet Caves

    White, William B.

    Pages 47-65

  • The Discovery and Initial Exploration of the Chestnut Ridge Cave System

    Clemmer, Gregg

    Pages 67-77

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-14391-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-14390-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $179.00
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: November 3, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-38544-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Caves of Burnsville Cove, Virginia
Book Subtitle
Fifty Years of Exploration and Science
Editors
  • William B. White
Series Title
Cave and Karst Systems of the World
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-14391-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-14391-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-14390-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38544-0
Series ISSN
2364-4591
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 479
Number of Illustrations and Tables
86 b/w illustrations, 412 illustrations in colour
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