A Guide to Caves and Karst of Indiana

A Guide to Caves and Karst of Indiana

Samuel S. Frushour in conjunction with the Indiana Geological Survey
With a contribution by Julian J. Lewis and Salisa L. Lewis
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/12/2012
Format: paper 152 pages, 45 color illus., 15 b&w illus.
5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 978-0-253-00096-5
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Whether you are planning a visit to one of Indiana’s tourist caves, looking to explore some of the state’s wild caves, or just curious about Indiana underground, this compact and comprehensive field guide is the place to start. It explains how caves are created, the different geological features to be seen in them, and the types of animals that inhabit them. There is also plenty of practical information about safety and cave etiquette, equipment and caving organizations, as well as descriptions of individual caves and their history. The guide also includes a brief directory to help connect you with other cave enthusiasts—and their knowledge and experience. For those whose interests lie above ground, there are descriptions of the karst features that are such a prominent part of the Indiana landscape and how these features provide clues to what lies beneath.

Author Bio

Samuel S. Frushour is retired Head of the Field Services Section of the Indiana Geological Survey.


"This book fills an educational gap between the scientific community and the interested public and will attract the attention of archaeologists, biologists, geographers, geologists, and historians. It will also be very useful to members of the National Speleological Society, the Cave Research Foundation, regional caving organizations (i.e., grottos), the advocational caving community (i.e., spelunkers), and the general public, especially those who enjoy visiting commercial caves, which are highlighted in this book." —Dr. Kenneth B. Tankersley, Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati

"The author of this manuscript, Sam Frushour, is one of the living legends in Indiana caving. Similarity, Jerry Lewis, the primary author of the Cave Fauna section is the definitive expert on cave biota in Indiana." —John Bassett, Licensed Professional Geologist

"A practical guidebook with something to offer both beginning and experienced spelunkers. Readers interested in the geology or topography of the region will also find it worth a look." —
Library Journal

"This new guide to Indiana caves and karst is a useful addition to this study." —CHOICE

"Frushour has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience in both traversing caves and in understanding their structure and development…The guide covers a lot of ground (or should I say underground?), while seamlessly transitioning between the various aspects of caves and caving. Detailed diagrams and maps, found throughout the guide, offer visual examples of the structure and formation of caves. Additionally, the book is full of stunning photographs of several area caves, cave fauna and examples of karst formations." —The Herald Times

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