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Caves and Karst of the Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia

  • William B. White
  • Presents detailed descriptions of some of the largest caves in eastern United States

  • Explores the aquatic fauna, terrestrial fauna, and fossil remains found in these caves

  • Provides a comprehensive geologic, hydrologic, and geomorphic interpretation of the evolution of the Greenbrier Karst


Part of the Cave and Karst Systems of the World book series (CAKASYWO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. William B. White
    Pages 1-7
  3. William B. White
    Pages 9-20
  4. William K. Jones
    Pages 21-43
  5. William B. White, Elizabeth L. White
    Pages 45-62
  6. William B. White, Gary D. Storrick, Mark J. Johnsson
    Pages 97-117
  7. William B. White
    Pages 119-134
  8. Douglas M. Medville, Stephen R.H. Worthington
    Pages 135-152
  9. Philip C. Lucas
    Pages 163-205
  10. William M. Balfour
    Pages 207-230
  11. William K. Jones, William M. Balfour
    Pages 231-248
  12. Raymond Cole
    Pages 249-299
  13. William K. Jones
    Pages 301-312
  14. David A. Shank, Megan Curry Fucci, Ira D. Sasowsky
    Pages 313-337
  15. Stacey B. Lane, Melisa R. Bishop, Michael J. Dore, Ira D. Sasowsky
    Pages 339-357
  16. David C. Culver, Daniel W. Fong
    Pages 371-383
  17. Daniel W. Fong, David C. Culver
    Pages 385-397

About this book


The focus of this book is on the more than 2000 caves of the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia of which the 14 with lengths greater than 10 km have an aggregate length of 639 km. The major caves form the core part of sub-basins which drain to big springs and ultimately to the Greenbrier River. Individual chapters of this book describe each of the major caves and its associated drainage basin. The caves are formed in the Mississippian Greenbrier Limestone in a setting of undulating gentle folds. Fractures, lineaments and confining layers within the limestone are the main controlling factors. The caves underlie an extensive sinkhole plain which may relate to a major erosion surface. The caves are habitat for both aquatic and terrestrial organisms which are cataloged and described as are the paleontological remains found in some of the caves. The sinkhole plain of the Greenbrier karst and the underlying complex of cave systems are the end result of at least a ten million year history of landscape evolution which can be traced through the evolving sequence of cave passages and which is described in this book.


Large Caves Cave Organisms Caves and Karst Cave Exploration Greenbrier Karst Greenbrier River Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia Mississippian Greenbrier Limestone Sinkholes

Editors and affiliations

  • William B. White
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Caves and Karst of the Greenbrier Valley in West Virginia
  • Editors William B. White
  • Series Title Cave and Karst Systems of the World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cave and Karst Systems of the World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65800-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88110-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65801-8
  • Series ISSN 2364-4591
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4605
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 411
  • Number of Illustrations 67 b/w illustrations, 343 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Hydrogeology
    Physical Geography
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