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Lechuguilla Cave: Discoveries in a Hidden Splendor

Auteur(s) : Max Wisshak and Hazel A. Barton - Speleo-photo editions - 2022

This book takes the reader on a visual journey into Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA), widely considered one of the most beautiful caves in the world. Told by the explorers themselves and shown through their stunning photographs, the book reveals the challenging exploration and highlights recent discoveries in terms of beauty, scale, and science. - 240 pages: 258 color photos and 7 graphs, Double-foldout page with 3D model of the cave, 5-color offset print on coated matt paper; 35 cm, -
Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA) is one of the most beautiful caves on Earth. Since its discovery in 1986, more than 240 kilometers of cave has been explored – with no end in sight. Owing to its geologic setting and unusual process of formation, the cave contains a remarkable diversity of rare minerals and formations, which have helped change our understanding of how caves form and the microbial life they can contain.
In this book, the most active explorers of the cave show the features that made it famous and reveal new discoveries in terms of beauty, scale, and science. Through their writing and photography, they take the reader on their journey of preparing for, and exploring, this remarkable cave. They describe how to successfully live and work in the underground, and highlight the challenges that must be overcome to discover and map new passages. An explanation of how the stunning imagery is captured takes the reader along in this visual journey of Discoveries in a Hidden Splendor. Finally, the extraordinary lengths undertaken to conserve Lechuguilla are illustrated, and how such efforts go hand-in-hand with exploration and photography to reveal the intriguing nature of this wonder of the underground. -
Hidden Splendor (opening statement) – p. 4
Fragile Beauty (foreword) – p. 6
Greatness (foreword) – p. 8
Beginnings (introduction and editors’ preface) – p. 12
Discoveries – p. 20
Speleogenesis – p. 54
Speleothems – p. 76
Water – p. 118
Hidden Life – p. 136
Preparation – p. 154
Camp Life – p. 164
Exploration – p. 176
Mapping Mazes – p. 194
Photographing Darkness – p. 206
Rescue – p. 216
Conservation – p. 224
Best of the Best (closing remarks) – p. 232
Fact Sheet – p. 234
Bibliography – p. 235
Contributors – p. 238

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Prix : 59.00 €

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