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By Gail Gibbons, Holiday House, 2000, 30 pages, Non-fiction, ages 6 and up.


Describes different kinds of bats, their physical characteristics, habits and behavior as well as the efforts to protect them. Illustrated with beautiful watercolors.

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Caves (True Books: Earth Science)

By Larry Dane Brimner, Children's Press, 2000, 48 pages, non-fiction, ages 7 and up.


Early readers book all about cave formations, cave life, and human/cave interaction. Featuring photos by Kevin Downey and others.

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The Dark Zone: Exploring the Secret World of Caves

By Stephen P. Kramer (Author), Rich Torrey (Illustrator), Mcgraw-Hill, 1998, 92 pages, fiction, ages 8 and up.


An adventure of The Black Hole Gang, a group of kids who use the internet. They travel to Missouri to clean up a cave.

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Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth

By Nancy Holler Aulenbach and Hazel Barton, National Geographic Children's Books, 2001, 64 pages, non-fiction, Ages 8 and up.


Readers share the adventures of two women cavers - a teacher and a microbiologist - as they explore ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and terrestrial caves in the southeastern United States. Their exploits form the basis for MacGillivray Freeman's large format film Journey Into Amazing Caves, which was shown in IMAX theaters beginning in March 2001.

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The Hidden World of Caves: A Children's Guide to the Underground Wilderness

By Ronal C. Kerbo, National Speleological Society, 2002, 48 pages, non-fiction, Ages 8 and up.


When you hear the word cave, what comes to mind? Darkness? Mystery? A scary place? Bats? Snakes? Are caves important? What are they used for? Are they dangerous? As you read this book, we hope you'll find the answers to these questions and many more that are found in the hidden world beneath the earth.

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Journey to the Bottomless Pit: The Story of Stephen Bishop and Mammoth Cave

By Betsy Mitchell, Kelynn Alder (Illustrator), Viking Juvenile, 2004, 128 pages, fiction, ages 8 and up.


Full of adventure and fascinating details about cave exploration Journey to the Bottomless Pit is the first book for young readers ever written about Stephen Bishop. Through Stephen Bishop's story, author Betsy Mitchell takes readers on a tour unlike anything they've experienced.

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Looking Inside Caves And Caverns (X-ray Vision)

By Ron Schultz, Avalon Travel Pub, 1993, 46 pages, non-fiction, Ages 9 and up.


Explores the world of caves and describes the work of speleologists and cavers. Well-researched, overview. Illustrated. 1993.

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The Longest Cave

By Roger Brucker and Richard Watson, Southern Illinois Press, 1987 (reprint of 1976 original with new afterword) 331 pages.


The history of the modern exploration of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, through the connection with Flint Ridge Cave in 1972, with an appendix about earlier exploration.

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Beyond Mammoth Cave: A Tale of Obsession in the World's Longest Cave

By James Borden and Roger Brucker, Southern Illinois Press, 2000, 353 pages.


Takes up the exploration of Mammoth Cave where The Longest Cave ended, through the connection with Roppel Cave that took the length of Mammoth Cave to 365 miles.

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Mammoth Cave and the Kentucky Cave Region

By Bob and Judy Thompson, Arcadia Publishing (Images of America), 2003,128 pages.


The history of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, and other caves in the area before the Second World War in pictures.

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The Jewel Cave Adventure: Fifty Miles of Discovery under South Dakota

By Herb and Jan Conn, Cave Books, 1981, 238 pages.


How the authors and a few helpers turned Jewel Cave, South Dakota, from a small cave into one that was over 50 miles long during 569 exploration trips between 1959 and 1978.

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Jewel Cave National Monument

By Judy Love, Arcadia Publishing (Images of American), 2008, 128 pages.


The history of Jewel Cave and the national monument in pictures.

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Wind Cave: An Ancient World Beneath the Hills

By Arthur Palmer, Black Hills Parks and Forests Association, 2001, 64 pages.


The story of this cave in Wind Cave National Park, with an emphasis on geology.

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Wind Cave National Park: The First 100 Years

By Peggy Sanders, Arcadia Publishing (Images of America), 2003, 128 pages.


The history of Wind Cave and its park in pictures.

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Deep Secrets: The Discovery and Exploration of Lechuguilla Cave

By Stephen Reames, Lawrence Fish, Paul Burger, and Patricia Kambesis, Cave Books, 2009 (reprint of 1999 edition), 381 pages.


The story of the first five years of exploration in Lechuguilla Cave, discovered in Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986.

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Carlsbad, Caves, and a Camera

By Robert Nymeyer, Cave Books, 1978, 318 pages.


The author's story of exploring and photographing Carlsbad Cavern in the 1930s, with nearly 200 photographs.

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Oregon Caves: The Pioneer Exploration and the New Discoveries

by Steve Knutson, National Speleological Society, 2006, 196 pages.


The history of this cave and its national monument.

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Cave Geology

By Arthur Palmer, Cave Books, 2007, 454 pages.


Excellent introduction to cave geology at upper high school or beginning college level.

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The Biology of Caves and Other Subterranean Habitats

By David Culver and Tanja Pipan, Oxford University Press (Biology of Habitats series), 2009, 254 pages.


Comprehensive survey of cave biology and ecology at advanced undergraduate level.

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Encyclopedia of Caves

Edited by William White and David Culver, Academic Press, second edition 2012, 966 pages.


Everything you wanted to know, and more.

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Living With Karst A Fragile Foundation

By Veni, DuChene, Crawford, Groves, Huppert, Kastening, Olson, and Wheeler, American Geological Institute, 2001, 64 pages.


A well-illustrated booklet which discusses karst related environmental and engineering concerns with guidelines for living with karst. Extensive lists of additional information. It includes a poster and is written by notable researchers in the karst world. Available as a PDF from the American Geosciences Institute:

American Cave Conservation Association

ACCA is a nonprofit environmental organization whose members, activities and proceeds are dedicated to the conservation of caves and related resources across the nation and around the world.


Bureau of Land Management

A sister Department of Interior agency, the BLM manages cave and karst resources within eleven states. Information on their cave and karst program can be found at this website.


Cave Research Foundation

A private, non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating research, management and interpretation of caves and karst resources forming partnerships to study, protect and preserve cave resources and karst areas promoting the long term conservation of caves and karst ecosystems



CaverNet is a privately maintained web-site which includes many cave, karst and caving links from all over the United States and other countries. It is dedicated to advancement and enjoyment of cavers throughout the world.


Caver's Multi-Lingual Dictionary

This is the International Union of Speleology on-line multi-lingual dictionary of caving and speleological terms. It is a living dictionary that is constantly being added to and tuned as an International joint effort among cavers. Everyone is invited to participate - this could range from just correcting a misspelling to contributing a whole new language.


Caving Canada

An all-inclusive site for Canadian caving, karst and bats, which includes links such as: What is Karst?, Caving Groups in Canada, Canada's Longest and Deepest caves, Cave Science, Cave Rescue, Tourist Resources, Caving Publications, Cave Related Art and other Cave Related Documents


Hidden River Cave and American Cave Museum

Kentucky's official karst museum showcases the natural history of caves.


International Union of Speleology

The Union Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS) is the international body for caving and speleology. Formed in 1965, its voting members consist of a delegate from each member country. This delegate represents the country's cavers and speleologists, rather than its national body(s). An elected Bureau runs the affairs of UIS between the 4-yearly General Assemblies held at the International Congresses. The actual speleological work of UIS is done by the members of its Commissions and Working Groups, which are open to everyone who is interested.


Karst Information Portal

The Karst Information Portal is an open-access digital library linking scientists, managers, and explorers to quality information resources in order to inform research, to enhance collaboration, and to address policy decisions concerning karst environments.


Karst Waters Institute

The Karst Waters Institute (KWI) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit institution whose mission is to improve the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through sound scientific research and the education of professionals and the public.


Long and Deep Caves Lists

This site is home to regularly maintained lists of the longest and deepest caves in the USA and world.


National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)

The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) is a non-profit government-supported institute headquartered in the City of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Its goals are to conduct, support, facilitate, and promote programs in cave and karst research, education, environmental management, and data acquisition and sharing.


National Caves Association

This site provides a directory of caves open to the public.


National Speleological Society

Welcome to the National Speleological Society (NSS)! With over 10,000 members and 250 grottos, the National Speleological Society does more than any other organization to study, explore, and conserve cave and karst resources; protect access to caves; encourage responsible management of caves and their unique environments; and promote responsible caving.



A scientific network promoting scientific research and cooperation in karst hydrogeology with a special emphasis on speleogenesis.


US Forest Service Cave and Karst Resources

An agency within the Department of Agriculture, the US Forest Service manages cave and karst resources in over 100 national forests. Information on their cave and karst program can be found at this website.


White-Nose Syndrome

The central location where the North American interagency response to White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) posts the most up-to-date WNS decontamination procedures.


Wild Places Publishing (Caving and cavers in the U.K.)

An all inclusive site for the United Kingdom which includes: Descent magazine, links to Caving Clubs, Caver Directory, Caving Diary, UK Caving Shops, Cave Photography, UK Weather, Cave Art, UK Showcaves, Caving Notice Board, Cave Rescue, Cave Conservation, Caver Pubs, Caving Links, Caver Accommodation, and a section for caving novices.



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Last Updated: December 11, 2013