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The Ankarana Plateau in Madagascar

Tsingy, Caves, Volcanoes and Sapphires


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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Eric Gilli
    Pages 1-3
  3. Eric Gilli
    Pages 5-17
  4. Eric Gilli
    Pages 19-35
  5. Eric Gilli
    Pages 37-68
  6. Eric Gilli
    Pages 69-73
  7. Eric Gilli
    Pages 75-108
  8. Eric Gilli
    Pages 109-113
  9. Eric Gilli
    Pages 115-127
  10. Eric Gilli
    Pages 129-129
  11. Eric Gilli
    Pages 131-135
  12. Eric Gilli
    Pages 137-140
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 141-162

About this book


The book describes the Ankarana plateau and its cave network in Madagascar, depicting the natural environment of the Plateau as well as the natural processes which created the cave network of more than 100km with many galleries, some are very large and draped with different cave formations and underground rivers are inhabited with crocodiles and giant eels.This place is famous for its surface landscape formed with tsingy, natural needles formed by the weathering of limestone. The Ankarana is surrounded by native Madagascan rain forest inhabited with lemurs and it was a natural shelter for the Ankarana people whose kings were buried in caves. The cave system has been partially explored since the sixties and exploration is still in progress. The book includes several maps (geology, topography, hydrology), the survey of the caves and a brief description of the Ankarana Kingdom.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Geography DepartmentParis 8 UniversitySaint-DenisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Ankarana Plateau in Madagascar
  • Book Subtitle Tsingy, Caves, Volcanoes and Sapphires
  • Authors Eric Gilli
  • Series Title Cave and Karst Systems of the World
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cave and Karst Systems of the World
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science Earth and Environmental Science (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-99878-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-99879-4
  • Series ISSN 2364-4591
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4605
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXVI, 162
  • Number of Illustrations 49 b/w illustrations, 134 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geomorphology
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