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NFS Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia, BHB Vols. 40, 41 REPLACED BY VOL 65&66

NFS Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia, BHB Vols. 40, 41 REPLACED BY VOL 65&66   

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NFS replaced by volumes 65 & 66. . 338 pages, hundreds of cave descriptions, cave surveys and maps; Berlin 2010. Michael Laumanns & Liz Price (Editors). The "Yellow Pages" of caving in SE Asia. Each country is presented in detail including topographic and karst occurrence maps as well as a description of the geological settings, the history of speleological exploration, a detailed list of the longest and deepest caves (incl. surveys), a list of useful addresses and an in-depth bibliography. Some countries also have maps showing the administrative divisions and other relevant thematic maps.Vol. 40 covers: Introduction & Brunei -- Malaysia (172 p.).Vol. 41 covers: Myanmar - Vietnam (166 p.).In English language. With a German and French abstract. In 2002 the "Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Africa" was released in this series (Laumanns 2002a, b, c). It had two updates (Laumanns 2005, 2007) before a second edition of the atlas was finally released (Laumanns 2008a, b, c). This publication became a standard reference work and an idea was born to use the same concept for compilations on other regions of the world. This resulted in the atlas currently in front of you, representing a region which contains some of the most varied and spectacular karst morphologies in the world. In April 2009 the world's 'biggest/longest' passage was found in Hang Son Doong in Vietnam (Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province). Sarawak Chauber in Lubang Nasib Bagus (Malaysia) is the world's largest underground chauber. Clearwater Cave (Sarawak, Malaysia) at 175 km is the longest in Southeast Asia, and currently 10th longest in the world. The "Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Southeast Asia", is based on the "Atlas of the Great Caves of the World" (Courbon et al. 1989), on the "Atlas des cavites non calcaires du monde" (Chubert & Courbon 1997), as well as on the "Encyclopaedia Biospeologica" (volume III) (Juberthie & Decu 2001) and on the "Encyclopaedia of Caves and Karst Science" (Gunn 2004). The "Speleological Abstracts", published annually by the UIS, served as source for publications after 1980. Furthermore, valuable information on the latest French speleological campaigns in Southeast Asian countries was taken from the annual reports of the "Commission des relations et expeditions internationales" (CREI) published by the Federation Francaise de Speleologie. In case experts on a specific country will detect inconsistencies or faults in a specific country chapter they are hearty invited to contact the authors and provide amendments. Substantial contributions will be rewarded with a courtesy copy of the next update of this atlas. In the reference lists the articles that have been seen by the authors are printed in italic letters. All north direction arrows on the cave maps refer to magnetic north. Inquire for individual volumes.

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