Nuovo libro: Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales

Fra Trevor Faulkner, Foreign Secretary, British Cave Research Association:

To International caving friends
The British Cave Research Association is proud to announce the publication of its new book, Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales (Volume 1), as summarised on the attachment. The book is right up-to-date on the latest scientific research and I am sure you will find this to be a valuable addition to your personal libraries.
The book may be purchased online by using the new BCRA online shop, via:

Caves and Karst of the Yorkshire Dales
An overview of the cave systems and karst landforms of the Yorkshire Dales, edited by Tony WALTHAM and David LOWE.
£25 including postage. 20% introductory discount until 30 June 2013. Further Information and order form

This book presents an overview of all aspects of the great cave systems and spectacular karst landforms in the limestone terrains of the Yorkshire Dales. Twenty authors, all experts in their own fields, have produced authoritative and up-to-date texts, which have been drawn together by two editors, each of whom has extensive experience of the Dales both above and below ground. This book is Volume One of a pair, and contains all the overview chapters. A companion Volume Two – to be published next year – will contain chapters describing all the larger and more important cave systems in each dale and fell across the region’s karst.
Volume 2 will be published in parts in late 2013 and 2014. The chapters will describe the larger and more important cave systems in the region. Publication will be as an e-book, chapter by chapter. When all the parts have been published online a paper edition of the entire volume will be produced.

The price will be £25 plus postage and packing. However, there is also an introductory price of £20 plus p&p until 30 June 2013. By a special arrangement, £20 orders paid online by that date can be collected from the BCRA stand at the 16th International Congress of Speleology in Brno from 21-28 July 2013, with no other charges.
A Description of the Book

This new book presents a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the caves and karst of the Yorkshire Dales. It is the long-awaited successor to the 1974 publication Limestones and Caves of Northwest England but is a much more comprehensive treatment because of the many cave discoveries in the last 40 years and the new information that is available on the underground and surface features.

The chapters, written by specialists who really know the area, include topics on limestone geology, karst geomorphology, cave development, karst hydrogeology, cave chronology, subterranean biology, bats, palaeontology and archaeology.

The book is essential reading for every serious caver who enjoys the caves of the Yorkshire Dales. Cave Scientists, too, will appreciate this book because it is more than just a statement on the karst landscapes and the caves beneath. It brings together many aspects of the natural environment and the evolution of the Yorkshire Dales and provides insights into the landscape evolution in northern England – indeed, one chapter gives the first comprehensive review of the glacial history of the Dales. The book will therefore be of interest to professionals who otherwise might have only marginal interest in probably the finest group of caves within Britain. Uranium-series dating of stalagmites, and carbon-dating of bones mean that the caves now provide the basis for a uniquely-detailed chronological framework that extends through much of the Quaternary period.

The chapters are as follows…

The Yorkshire Dales, by Tony Waltham and David Lowe
Geology of the limestones, by Colin Waters and David Lowe
Glaciation and Quaternary evolution, by Wishart Mitchell
Karst geomorphology, by Tony Waltham
Limestone pavements, by Simon Webb
Travertine and tufa, by Allan Pentecost
Cave geomorphology, by Tony Waltham and Phil Murphy
Geological infuences on the caves, by David Lowe
Hydrogeology of the karst, by John Gunn and Simon Bottrell
Chronology of the caves, by Alf Latham and Derek Ford
Speleothems and palaeoclimates, by Tim Atkinson and Phil Hopley
Holocene environments, by Margaret Atherden
Cave biology, by Graham Proudlove
Bats in the caves, by John Altringham and Anita Glover
Cave palaeontology, by Terry O’Connor and Tom Lord
Cave archaeology, by Tom Lord and John Howard

With many best wishes, and I hope to see you in Brno.

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