The Wilderness Underground: Caves of the Ozark Plateau

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University of Missouri Press, 1992 - Nature - 113 pages
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With more than 100 full-color photographs, The Wilderness Underground lifts the veil of darkness from the spectacular beauty of the Ozark caves.  Master photographers capture primitive cavescapes of water-sculpted rock forms, pits, canyons, streams, and living creatures both sighted and blind.

H. Dwight Weaver's engaging text explores the diverse topography of the Ozark Plateau.  Weaver traces the mystique of caves from the days of Native American Indians to the 1950s when modern cave explorers began the great cave quest that has led to the discovery of more than 6,000 caves in the region and introduces the reader to past and present denizens of the Ozark caves.

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The Ozark Plateau, with over 6500 known caves, is the largest elevated land mass in the United States between the Appalachians and the Rocky Mountains. Weaver, a public information specialist for the ... Read full review

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This is one of the finest books on caves written. The best thing about it is that it highlights the beauty of the Ozarks underground.

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About the author (1992)

H. Dwight Weaver, (text author for The Wilderness Underground),  is a public information specialist for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Author of Missouri, the Cave State, Weaver is co-founder of Missouri Speleogy and has been exploring caves for thirty-five years.

James N. Huckins, (photo editor for The Wilderness Underground), a caver for twenty-five years, is a research environmental chemist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Columbia, Missouri.  He has served as a judge for the annual photography contest of the National Association for Conservation Information.

Rickard L. Walk, (photo editor for The Wilderness Underground),  is a certified registered nurse anestetist in Columbia, Missouri.  He is an avid outdoor photographer whose work appears in Colorful Missouri.  He has been a caver for ten years.

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