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Academic & Professional Books  Habitats & Ecosystems  Caves & Karst

Caves Processes, Development, and Management

By: David Shaw Gillieson(Author)
508 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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  • Caves ISBN: 9781119455578 Edition: 2 Paperback Jun 2021 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £55.95
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About this book

People have been interested in caves for a very long time. Our distant ancestors used them for shelter, as sources of water, and as places in which to conduct essential rituals. They adorned their walls with quite sophisticated artwork depicting both their existential and spiritual concerns. Caves feature in our mythology, they are used as places of worship in many cultures, and they are used throughout the world as places in which to store prized foodstuffs and wine. For at least two hundred years they have attracted scientists, artists, photographers, and recreational cavers. This book aims examines how caves form, the light they shed on past environments and climates, and the values, both environmental and cultural, that they provide to humanity.

This second edition of Caves: Processes, Development, and Management is a welcome revision of the author's earlier treatment released over twenty years ago. It has been updated, significantly expanded, and largely rewritten. The intervening years have seen a dramatic increase in karst and cave research globally, with significant advances in our understanding of fundamental processes, in our ability to extract proxy climatic and environmental data from cave deposits, and in our understanding of the breadth of cave values and as a result the complexity of their management needs. This new edition adopts a broad international perspective in the research examples used and the cited literature, and has actively sought out material from the tropical world and the southern continents, thus avoiding the European and North American bias frequently found in speleological publications.

Caves: Processes, Development, and Management is organised into four sections. In the first section, contemporary processes of cave formation are examined. The second section of the book deals with past processes and their physical manifestation. In the third section, the use of caves by various organisms from bacteria to humans is explored. The final section of the book reviews our changing approaches to cave management and to catchment management on karst terrains. The book will be of use to anyone who is interested in caves and karst, or who wants to understand about cave formation, development, values and management.


Preface and Acknowledgements
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Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Caves and Karst
Chapter 3: Cave Hydrology
Chapter 4: Processes of Rock Dissolution
Chapter 5: Speleogenesis
Chapter 6: Cave Interior Deposits
Chapter 7: Cave Sediments
Chapter 8: Dating Cave Deposits
Chapter 9: Cave Deposits and Past Climates
Chapter 10: Cave Ecology
Chapter 11: Cave Archaeology
Chapter 12: Historic Uses of Caves
Chapter 13: Cave Management
Chapter 14: Catchment Management in Karst
Chapter 15: Documentation of Caves

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David Shaw Gillieson is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia. He has held academic appointments at the Australian National University, University of New South Wales and James Cook University. Over the last fifty years, he has explored and studied caves in Australasia, Europe, North America, Oceania and Southeast Asia. He is currently Treasurer of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association and is a former Chair of the International Geographical Union Commission on Karst. He has been involved in the evaluation and writing of World Heritage nominations, and cave and karst management plans across the globe.

By: David Shaw Gillieson(Author)
508 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Media reviews

"Provides the most comprehensive description of karst management yet encountered in an English language text [...] a welcome addition to the bookshelves of cavers and karst scientists alike"
– Chas Yonge

"A valuable and timely addition to the speleological literature and seems destined to become entrenched as the standard of its time."
Progress in Physical Geography

"More than 20 years have elapsed since publication of the previous English-language book to treat the science of caves, so the time was ripe for a good review [...] Gillieson provides it here."
– Derek Ford, Ground Water

"In this book there is a lot that is useful and intersting to everyone, from theorist to practical person. Gillieson's book is an excellent and useful work as much for students as for karstologists and experts. Everyone can find a lot that is new and interesting."
– Andrej Kranjc, Acta Carsologica

"Reading through this book I found that I suddenly understood things which I had previously found a bit of a mystery. One of the really attractive things about this book is its price. It is available at [...] a fraction of the cost of most textbooks."
– Clive Wells, The International Caver

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