Exploring Caves: Journeys into the Earth
National Geographic Children’s Books, March 2001
If you think caves are just dark, underground holes, you’re in for a big surprise. Co-written by Marfé Ferguson Delano, Exploring Caves follows the adventures of two experienced cavers—Nancy Aulenbach, an expert in cave rescue and in descending into tight places, and Hazel Barton, a microbiologist whose specialty is studying life-forms in extreme environments—as they explore ice caves in Greenland, underwater caves in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and other fascinating caves with an IMAX theatre film crew.
But caves are more than just mysterious places to explore. They are living laboratories full of microscopic creatures that help scientists understand the origins of life on Earth and the possibility of its existence on other planets. Studying the chemical makeup of microbes could also lead to cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. You’ll learn how scientists hunt for these “bugs” and what you can do to help protect the environments where they thrive.
So strap on your headlamp and get ready to explore some truly amazing caves!
- Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students (NSTA/CBC)