Covers the geology and geomorphology of the Carboniferous Limestone areas of Wales, and summarises the state of knowledge of the main cave systems including the longest and deepest in Britain. It sets out to assess the morphological evolution of the cave systems and the associated landscape features, particularly in light of the effects of successive glaciations. The book also covers related subjects including the biology of the cave faunas, important archaeological discoveries in Welsh caves and the hydrology of the limestone masses. On its publication, this was the first book to give a general survey of the subject. It will continue to provide a valuable reference for cavers and also for geologists, geographers, biologists and archaeologists with special interests in the area.
Reissue of a book first published in 1989.
Contributors; Preface; Introduction Trevor D. Ford; 2. The geology of the carboniferous limestone of South Wales David J. Lowe; 3. Karst geomorphology of South Wales John Crowther; 4. The hydrology of the limestone outcrop north of the Coalfield W. Gascoine; 5. Cave biology in South Wales G. T. Jefferson; 6. The Stone Age cave archaeology of South Wales H. Stephen Green; 7. Recent advances in cave archaeology in North Wales Mel Davies; 9. Cave diving in South Wales Martyn Farr; 10. Limestones and caves of the Forest of Dean David J. Lowe; 11. Otter Hole, Chepstow Clive D. Westlake, John V. Elliott and Mark E. Tringham; 12. The Myndd Llangattwg Cave Systems Peter L. Smart and Clive G. Gardener; 13. The caves of the Mellte and Hepste Valleys area Tony Waltham and D. G. Everett; 15. The Afon Nedd Fechan caves Sam Moore; 16. Ogof Ffynnon Ddu Peter L. Smart and Noel S. J. Christopher; 17. Dan yr Ogof Alan C. Coase; 18. Llygad Llwchwr Martin Farr; 19. Swallets and caves of the Gower Peninsula Dai P. Ede and Peter A. Bull; 20. Limestones and caves of North Wales Peter Appleton; Index of caves and related features.