Reviews for Guide to Caves and Karst of Indiana

Choice Reviews 2012 October
Cave and karst studies have been undergoing a renaissance lately. Only a few years ago, the study of caves and karst was relegated to a few eccentric individuals, and the subject received little respect from more mainstream scientists. However, now a vast range of subtopics related to caves and karst, such as cave sediments, cave climates, cave ecosystems, and cave microbiology, is emerging. This new guide to Indiana caves and karst is a useful addition to this study. It contains a wealth of introductory material on many of the better-known cave and karst subtopics, although some interesting subjects, such as cave microbiology, are absent. It should be noted that this is not a textbook, but a small handbook of field-book size, and Frushour (retired head of field services section, Indiana Geological Survey) devotes only a few pages to each of its chapters. However brief the discussions may be, the text is quite lucid and well written. In addition, the book is chock-full of color photos and figures and cave maps. It also includes a glossary, which may be particularly useful to readers unfamiliar with the odd terminology associated with the study of karst. Summing Up: Recommended. Regional collections, all readership levels. General Readers; Lower-division Undergraduates; Upper-division Undergraduates; Graduate Students; Researchers/Faculty; Two-year Technical Program Students; Professionals/Practitioners. M. S. Field U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Copyright 2012 American Library Association.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 March #1

With this illustrated field guide, Frushour (former head, Field Svcs. Section, Indiana Geological Survey) explores the caves and karst features of southern Indiana. Sections on cave formation, topographic features, and mineral deposits are accessible to lay readers but include enough technical and region-specific data to interest more experienced explorers. Julian and Salisa Lewis contribute a section on the region's subterranean fauna. Finally, seven "touring" and eight "wild" caves are examined in greater detail, and directions, photos, and maps are included for each. Unfortunately, cavers who wish to see these locations for themselves may be disappointed. As stated in the afterword, owing to concerns about the spread of fungal infections to native bat populations, the majority of Indiana's caves, including many listed in this book, are currently closed to the public. VERDICT A practical guidebook with something to offer both beginning and experienced spelunkers. Readers interested in the geology or topography of the region will also find it worth a look.--Neil Derksen, Gwinnett Cty. P.L., Lawrenceville, GA

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