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Opening Goliath : danger and discovery in caving, Cary J. Griffith

Label
Opening Goliath : danger and discovery in caving
Title
Opening Goliath
Title remainder
danger and discovery in caving
Statement of responsibility
Cary J. Griffith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Narrow passages, twisting upward or dropping precipitously. Huge vaults filled with fantastic shapes. Tunnels twined in tangled mazes. Over centuries, underground rivers can carve holes and rooms in solid rock; drips of water build walls of stone. Natural caves shape another world beneath our feet. Dangerous and beautiful, these places remain unknown--until someone decides to investigate. In 2004, businessman and caver John Ackerman drilled an entryway into Goliath Cave, a huge and unexplored complex in the karst region of southeastern Minnesota. Squeezing through tiny openings, scuba diving through silt-filled waters, scaling walls, and traversing crevasses, he and his fellow cavers painstakingly mapped ever-further reaches of the complex in an exploration that continues to this day. But man-made caves that do not breathe can be even more dangerous than their natural cousins. In St. Paul, also in 2004, five teenagers entered an area where intermittent fires robbed the air of oxygen. Only two emerged alive
Awards note
Minnesota Book Award (Minnesota), 2010.
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
796.52/5
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV200.62
LC item number
.G75 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Opening Goliath : danger and discovery in caving, Cary J. Griffith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
pt. I. Dangerous explorations : southeastern Minnesota karst region, 2001, and St. Paul, 2004 (1. Doorway to the Odessa -- 2. Gunpowder -- 3. Escape -- 4. The authorities) -- pt. II. A perfect storm : Fandell's Cave, West Side bluffs, St. Paul, 2004 (5. After school -- 6. Misfortune -- 7. Rescue and recovery -- 8. Aftermath) -- pt. III. Opening Goliath : wild cave near Spring Valley, southeastern Minnesota, 1980-2008 (9. Discovery -- 10. The unnamed cave -- 11. Opening Goliath -- 12. Sinkholes, sumps, and gas-powered pumps -- 13. Grinding Goliath into gravel -- 14. The meeting -- 15. Drilling -- 16. David's Entrance -- 17. Sump diving -- 18. The other side -- 19. Exploration, survey, and return -- 20. Beyond the Rubicon)
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 294 p.
Isbn
9780873516495
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009001715
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocn298181758
Label
Opening Goliath : danger and discovery in caving, Cary J. Griffith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Contents
pt. I. Dangerous explorations : southeastern Minnesota karst region, 2001, and St. Paul, 2004 (1. Doorway to the Odessa -- 2. Gunpowder -- 3. Escape -- 4. The authorities) -- pt. II. A perfect storm : Fandell's Cave, West Side bluffs, St. Paul, 2004 (5. After school -- 6. Misfortune -- 7. Rescue and recovery -- 8. Aftermath) -- pt. III. Opening Goliath : wild cave near Spring Valley, southeastern Minnesota, 1980-2008 (9. Discovery -- 10. The unnamed cave -- 11. Opening Goliath -- 12. Sinkholes, sumps, and gas-powered pumps -- 13. Grinding Goliath into gravel -- 14. The meeting -- 15. Drilling -- 16. David's Entrance -- 17. Sump diving -- 18. The other side -- 19. Exploration, survey, and return -- 20. Beyond the Rubicon)
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
x, 294 p.
Isbn
9780873516495
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009001715
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
ocn298181758

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