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A Guide to Speleological Literature   

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More than a bibliography. Over 3800 entries with introductions by some of the most important authors in the field. Annotations on hundreds of titles. A valuable reference to the world of cave literature. By Northup et al, 538pp, 1998. For anyone interested in caves and karst, this book is worth its weight in gold. It is well organized, easy to use, and very comprehensive (years 1794 -1996). All for a very reasonable price. Material contained runs gamut from serious scientific literature to children's books. It also includes a very extensive geographic index which can be quite helpful to scientists planning an expedition to a new field locality. I have already discovered several books from its lists that I need to purchase. In developing this bibliography, the compilers required that (1) works containing more than 50% foreign language material be excluded, (2) works of fiction be included if some history or non-fiction material is contained, (3) juvenile non-fiction material be included, (4) the work is at least 50% about caves, (5) the field of bats was excluded due to space, and (6) periodical literature was excluded. I would have preferred that Masters theses and Ph.D. dissertations be included, but the careful reader will find a reference to such works for the United States and Canada up to 1988 already listed. As a final point, the editors included their web site so that is any missing references may be easily added. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in cave and karst science or just a general interest in caves.


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