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    DescriptionIn 1925 the geological connection between Flint Ridge and Mammoth Cave was proved when dye placed in a Flint Ridge spring showed up in Echo River at Mammoth Cave. That tantalizing swirl of dye confirmed specula-tions that were""to tempt more than 650""cavers over half a century with the thrill of being the first to make human passage of the cave connection. Roger Brucker and Richard Watson tell not only of their own twenty-year effort to complete the link but the stories of many others who worked their way through mud-choked crawlways less than a foot high only to find impenetrable blockages. Floyd Collins died a grisly death in nearby Sand Cave in""1925, after being trapped there for 15 days. The wide press coverage of the rescue efforts stirred the imagination of the public and his body was on macabre display in a glass-topped coffin in Crystal Cave into the 1940s. Agents of a rival cave owner once even stole his corpse, which was re-covered and still is in a coffin in the cave. Modern cavers still have a word with Floyd as they start their downward treks. Brucker and Watson joined the parade of cavers who propelled themselves by wiggling kneecaps, elbows, and toes through quarter-mile long crawlways, clinging by fingertips and boot toes across mud-slick walls, over bottomless pits, into gur-gling streams beneath stone ceilings that descend to water level, down crumbling crevices and up mountainous rockfalls, into wondrous domed halls, and straight ahead into a blackness inten-sified rather than dispelled by the carbide lamps on their helmets. Over two decades they explored the passages with others who sought the final connection as vigorously as themselves. Pat Crowther, a young mother of two, joined them and because of her thinness became the member of the crew to go first into places no human had ever gone before. In that role, in July 1972, she wiggled her way through the Tight Spot and found the route that would link the Flint Ridge and Mammoth Cave systems into one cave extending 144.4 miles through the Kentucky limestone. In a new afterword to this edition the authors summarize the subsequent explorations that have more than doubled the established length of the cave system. Based upon geological evidence, the authors predict that new discoveries will add an-other 200 miles to the length of the world's longest cave, making it over 500 miles long.


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    Title
    The Longest Cave
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Roger W. Brucker, By (author) Richard A Watson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 620 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780809313228
    ISBN 10: 0809313227
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: P
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26000
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Ingram Theme: CULT/SOEAST, GEOG/KENTUC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 18
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SCI031000, SPO029000, HIS000000, NAT030000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A56740000
    DC22: 551.44709769, 551.4/47/09769754
    LC classification: GB606.M35 B78 1987
    DC21: 551.44709769
    Thema V1.0: NH, P, SZG
    Publisher
    Southern Illinois University Press
    Imprint name
    Southern Illinois University Press
    Publication date
    15 June 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Carbondale
    Author Information
    Roger W. Brucker is president of Odiorne Indus-trial Advertising. Inc., in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Past president of the Cave""Research Foundation, he is an Honorary Life Fellow of the National Speleological Society. He""has written adventure and tech-nical articles related to caves and is the co-author of two other books on caving: "The Caves ""Beyond "(with Joe Lawrence) and "Trapped!""The Story of Floyd Collins "(with Robert K. Murray). Richard A. Watson is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University, St. Louis. He is past presi-dent of the Cave Research Foundation, a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, editor of Cave Books, and has published a novel on caving: "Under Plowman's Floor. "He has participated as a geolo-gist on paleoclimatological and archaeological expeditions in Kentucky, New Mexico, Iran, Turkey, and the Yukon.
    Review quote
    ""The Longest Cave "makes the reader get down on hands and knees, to crawl through the tight spots and the false leads and the boulder slides. But somewhere in the rocks and mud under central Kentucky, the reader becomes self-reliant, begins crawling around the next twist of cave, begins to care. . . This spare and underwritten book is a primer in self-reliance and self-worth."--The "New York Times"
    Back cover copy
    This is the gripping and suspenseful story of the magnificent achievement that has been compared to the conquest of Everest-- the final connection between the Flint Ridge and Mammoth Cave systems.