This textbook describes caves as physical, geological, and biological phenomena: it provides explanations of how they form, what can be learnt from them, and how they can best be managed for the benefit of future generations.
The limestone caves of the world have long been of importance to people for shelter, water supply, food, spirituality and for defense.
They have long provoked awe and a sense of mystery. Cave science is now well established to elucidate their mystery. New to this edition: 4 new chapters (speleogenesis; cave archaeology; human uses of caves; documentation of caves)New end-of-chapter case study boxes in most chaptersAll chapters fully revised and updated to reflect changes in cave management and technology in the last two decades