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Cave & Karst Literature

Following is a list of caves and karst books:
The Longest Cave (Roger Brucker and Richard Watson) – A classic book of cave exploration describing events leading to the most famous connection in speleology.

Bats (Michael J. Harvey) – A look at one of the most misunderstood species.

Cave Conservation and Restoration (Val Hildreth-Werker) – A manual to educate people on the need to protect cave resources.Caves 

Caving Basics (G. Thomas Rea)  A complete guide for beginning cavers.


Deep Secrets: The Discovery & Exploration of Lechuguilla Cave (Paul Burger, Larry Fish, Pat Kambesis, and Steve Reames) – An account of the exploration of the deepest limestone cave in the United States. Includes numerous photographs, including many in color, as well as many maps.


Exploring Hidden Realms (Michael Ray Taylor) – A book about the glories and dangers of caves (companion to IMAX Film “Journey Into Amazing Caves”). He follows Nancy & Hazel as they explore Greenlands ice caves, underwater caves of the Yucatan, and pits in TAG country.


Limestone Caves (Roy A. Gallant) – A children's book which describes cave types of and cave life.


Living with Karst (Veni, DuChene, Crawford, Groves, Huppert, Kastening, Olson, and Wheeler) – A well-illustrated booklet which discusses karst-related environmental and engineering concerns with guidelines for living with karst.


Looking Inside Caves & Caverns (Ron Schultz) – A well-researched caves and caverns overview.


On Rope (Allan Padgett & Bruce Smith)  –  Instructions regarding vertical rope techniques for caving. 


Speleogenesis: Evolution of Karst Aquifers (Klimchouk, Palmer, Dreyboldt and Ford) – 44 authors from 15 countries summarize knowledge of origins of caves and the approaches that have been adopted to study them.


Speleology; Caves & The Environment (George W. Moore and Nicholas Sullivan) – A beginners book for those seeking more information on caves, includes chapters on how caves form, what lives in them and how cave formations are formed.


The Darkness Beckons (Martyn Farr) – A readable history of the development of cave diving.


The Dark Zone, Exploring the Secret World of Caves (Stephen Kramer) – An adventure of The Black Hole Gang, a group of kids who usethe internet. 

Cave Books for Children:

Bats (Gail Gibbons) – Describes different kinds of bats, their physical characteristics, habits, and behavior as well as the efforts to protect them.

  • Bats: The Amazing Upside Downers (Phyllis J. Perry) – A children's book which discusses the evolution, physiology, conservation, habits and habitats of bats.
  • Caves: A True Book (Larry Dane Brimner) – Early readers book all about cave formations, cave life, and human/cave interaction. 
  • Exploring Caves Journeys Into The Earth (Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel Barton) – Follow Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel Barton on their travels with an IMAX film crew to Greenland, Mexico and the U.S.  Published by National Geographic Society.