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Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1

Geology Guide

Series: Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales Volume: 1

By: Tony Waltham (Editor), David Lowe (Editor)

255 pages, 350+ colour & b/w photos, 165 colour & b/w illustrations and colour aps, 49 tables

British Cave Research Association

Paperback | Mar 2013 | #204508 | ISBN-13: 9780900265464
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NHBS Price: £29.99 $37/€34 approx
Hardback | Mar 2013 | #204509 | ISBN-13: 9780900265471
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About this book

This new book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the caves and karst of the Yorkshire Dales. It is the long-awaited successor to Limestones and Caves of Northwest England, but is hugely expanded because so many more caves have since been discovered and there is so much new information available about both the underground and the surface features. Twenty authors, all experts in their own fields, have produced authoritative and up-to-date texts, which have been drawn together by two editors, each of whom has extensive experience of the Dales both above and below ground. Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1 is Volume One of a pair, and contains all the overview chapters. A companion Volume Two – to be published next year – will contain chapters describing all the larger and more important cave systems in each dale and fell across the region's karst.

It is essential reading for every serious caver who enjoys the great caves of the Dales. Cave Scientists, too, will appreciate Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1 because it is more than just a statement on the karst landscapes and the caves beneath. It brings together many aspects of the natural environment and the evolution of the Yorkshire Dales. Indeed, one chapter gives the first comprehensive review of the glacial history of the Dales. Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales, Volume 1 offers a comprehensive and authoritative description of both the karst and the caves. It describes these features of the Yorkshire Dales in sixteen chapters covering topics such as the geology, the history of the glaciations, the karst landforms, the limestone pavements, the origins of the caves, the karst hydrology, the cave bone deposits and the cave archaeology. It is aimed at anyone with a serious interest in the Dales, and that will include everyone from the academic geographers to the dedicated cave explorers.


- The Yorkshire Dales, by Tony Waltham and David Lowe
- Geology of the limestones, by Colin Waters and David Lowe
- Glaciation and Quaternary evolution, by Wishart Mitchell
- Karst geomorphology, by Tony Waltham
- Limestone pavements, by Simon Webb
- Travertine and tufa, by Allan Pentecost
- Cave geomorphology, by Tony Waltham and Phil Murphy
- Geological infuences on the caves, by David Lowe
- Hydrogeology of the karst, by John Gunn and Simon Bottrell
- Chronology of the caves, by Alf Latham and Derek Ford
- Speleothems and palaeoclimates, by Tim Atkinson and Phil Hopley
- Holocene environments, by Margaret Atherden
- Cave biology, by Graham Proudlove
- Bats in the caves, by John Altringham and Anita Glover
- Cave palaeontology, by Terry O'Connor and Tom Lord
- Cave archaeology, by Tom Lord and John Howard

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