Minnesota Caves

History & Lore

Author: Greg Brick PhD

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 1439662282

Category: Travel

Page: 144

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Minnesota's caves have a deep history. Carver's Cave is the first to be described in the literature of North America after explorer Jonathan Carver visited it in 1766. The storied Fountain Cave was the birthplace of the city of St. Paul. Just after the American Civil War, Chute's Cave inspired an elaborate national hoax regarding an ancient civilization. Folklore surrounds Petrified Indian Cave, where a strangely shaped stalagmite was mistaken for a person turned to stone. Geologist and urban explorer Greg Brick, PhD, uses decades of research to uncover the secrets of geological wonders.

Subterranean Twin Cities

Author: Greg A. Brick

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 145291432X

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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In Subterranean Twin Cities, geologist, historian, and urban speleologist Greg Brick takes us on an adventurous, educational, and-thankfully-sanitary journey beneath the streets and into the myriad tunnels, caves, and industrial spaces that make up the Twin Cities' fascinating and surprisingly vast underground landscape. In this groundbreaking tour, the first of its kind of the Twin Cities, Brick mines the stories that lie below the city surface.

Minnesota's Geology

Author: Richard W. Ojakangas

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816609536

Category: Science

Page: 255

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Have you ever wondered how the Mississippi River was formed? Or why shark teeth have been found in the Iron Range of the Upper Midwest? Towering mountain ranges, explosive volcanoes, expansive glaciers, and long-extinct forms of both land and sea life were an important part of Minnesota's ancient history. Today the evidence of this remarkable heritage is revealed in the state's rocky outcroppings, stony soils, and thousands of lakes.

Opening Goliath

Author: N.A

Publisher: Borealis Books

ISBN: 9780873518307

Category: Caving

Page: 294

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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.

Caves and Karst Across Time

Author: Yongli Gao,E. Calvin Alexander Jr.

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372516X

Category: Caves

Page: 300

View: 2458

"Knowledge and understanding of cave and karst systems have evolved dramatically since the creation of the Geological Society of America in 1888. This book, which came out of a session during GSA's 2013 Annual Meeting, highlights the changes in the study and application of cave and karst systems since GSA's origin, while looking ahead to future advancements"--

The Minnesota Table

Recipes for Savoring Local Food Throughout the Year

Author: Shelley N. C. Holl,B.J. Carpenter

Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)

ISBN: 0760347689

Category: Cooking

Page: 176

View: 4187

The Minnesota Table: Recipes for Savoring Local Food Throughout the Year is a collection of travel stories, recipes, and menu ideas that follow Minnesota’s growing seasons. Travel along in spring, summer, fall, and winter to hunt morels, pick blueberries, winnow wild rice, and come nose-to-nose with yaks, elk, and bison. Meet gardening nuns and artisan farmers who breathe color and warmth into the argument for sustainable agriculture; try new twists on classic and regional recipes that take the pure flavors of fresh, local ingredients to new heights. Recipes include Grilled Rainbow Trout with Chive-Lemon Pepper Butter, Wild Rice Dried Cranberry Salad with Clementine Vinaigrette, and Maple Sugar Crème Brûlée.

Minnesota Underground & the Best of the Black Hills

A Guide to Mines, Sinks, Caves, and Disappearing Streams

Author: Doris Green

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781931599245

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 175

View: 9393

Explore more than 50 of Minnesota and South Dakota's fascinating caves, mines, sinks, and other underground oddities! This comprehensive guide covers Minnesota iron mines in the north and caves in the south. Also featured are gold mines and caves in the Black Hills of South Dakota, an area that boasts of some of the longer and more magnificent sites in the world. Spelunkers and explorers alike will enjoy this wonderful edition. Book jacket.

Iowa Underground

A Guide to the State's Subterranean Treasures

Author: Greg A. Brick

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781931599399

Category: Travel

Page: 223

View: 4788

Take a mysterious and fascinating tour through Iowa's underground treasures. This guide will reveal the state's subterranean attractions including show and wild caves, springs, mining sites and other geological and man-made sites. Includes fun stories and legends about cave fairies, trolls and ghost towns."

Cave Dwellers

A novel

Author: Richard Grant

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101947942

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 5549

In late 1937, a young German lieutenant, Oskar Langweil, is recruited to help overthrow Adolf Hitler. An exiled childhood friend introduces him to Lena, another expat and an avowed Socialist, and they contrive to pose as husband and wife to cross the Atlantic aboard a cruise ship crowded with Nazis. But once at sea they become entangled with the feckless son of a U.S. senator, as well as the mysterious SS officer assigned to watch over him, and after docking in Bremerhaven their luck lurches from bad to worse. Now, along with these unexpected companions, they become prey in a manhunt that drives them through the Third Reich—Oskar cut off from his circle of resistance and constantly re-evaluating whom he can trust. From the sordid cabarets of Berlin to glittering parties in Washington, D.C., from the slums of Kreuzberg to a remote Alpine lodge, Richard Grant populates a world on the brink of disappearing with a cast that also includes an evil genius of Nazism, a White Russian princess, a stage artist vampire, an aging brigadier, and a disgraced journalist. A tour de force of historical espionage, Cave Dwellers is a suspenseful, darkly comic, and exhilarating novel in which everyone is playing for the highest stakes imaginable.

Caves and Karst Across Time

Author: Yongli Gao,E. Calvin Alexander Jr.

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372516X

Category: Caves

Page: 300

View: 4811

"Knowledge and understanding of cave and karst systems have evolved dramatically since the creation of the Geological Society of America in 1888. This book, which came out of a session during GSA's 2013 Annual Meeting, highlights the changes in the study and application of cave and karst systems since GSA's origin, while looking ahead to future advancements"--

Seeking the Cave

A Pilgrimage To Cold Mountain

Author: James P. Lenfestey

Publisher: Milkweed Editions

ISBN: 1571318976

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 5086

In this transformative book, award-winning poet and essayist James Lenfestey makes an epic journey across the world to find the Cold Mountain Cave, a location long believed to exist only in myths and the ancient home of his idol, Han Shan, author of the Cold Mountain poems. Lenfestey’s voyage takes him from the Midwestern United States to Tokyo to a road trip across the expanse of China with frequent excursions to the country’s rich historical and cultural landmarks. As he makes his way to the cave, Lenfestey learns more than history or geography; he discovers his identity as a writer and a poet. Interspersed with poems by both the author and Han Shan, Seeking the Cave will appeal to lovers of poetry and travel narrative alike.

Hidden Cities

Travels to the Secret Corners of the World's Great Metropolises; A Memoir of Urb an Exploration

Author: Moses Gates

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101602767

Category: Travel

Page: 352

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In this fascinating glimpse into the world of urban exploration, Moses Gates describes his trespasses in some of the most illustrious cities in the world from Paris to Cairo to Moscow. Also, exclusive to this e-book, are firsthand accounts from the author's fellow travelers and family. Gates is a new breed of adventurer for the 21st century. He thrives on the thrill of seeing what others do not see, let alone even know exists. It all began quite innocuously. After moving to New York City and pursuing graduate studies in Urban Planning, he began unearthing hidden facets of the city—abandoned structures, disused subway stops, incredible rooftop views that belonged to cordoned-off buildings. At first it was about satiating a nagging curiosity; yet the more he experienced and saw, the more his thirst for adventure grew, eventually leading him abroad. In this memoir of his experiences, Gates details his travels through underground canals, sewers, subways, and crypts, in metropolises spanning four continents. In this finely-written book, Gates describes his immersion in the worldwide subculture of urban exploration; how he joined a world of people who create secret art galleries in subway tunnels, break into national monuments for fun, and travel the globe sleeping in centuries-old catacombs and abandoned Soviet relics rather than hotels or bed-and-breakfasts. They push each other further and further—visiting the hidden side of a dozen countries, discovering ancient underground Roman ruins, scaling the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Williamsburg bridges, partying in tunnels, sneaking into Stonehenge, and even finding themselves under arrest on top of Notre Dame Cathedral. Ultimately, Gates contemplates why he and other urban explorers are so instinctively drawn to these unknown and sometimes forbidden places—even (and for some, especially) when the stakes are high. Hidden Cities will inspire readers to think about the potential for urban exploration available for anyone, anywhere—if they have only the curiosity (and nerve!) to dig below the surface to discover the hidden corners of this world.

Prairie, Lake, Forest

Minnesota's State Parks

Author: Chris Niskanen

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society

ISBN: 9780873517713

Category: Nature

Page: 211

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Minnesota is home to prairies and forests, lakes and rivers, bison and grey wolf -- and a treasured system of state parks. Emblems of natural history, many were created to protect an ecosystem such as the giant hardwood trees at Nerstrand Big Woods, features like the spectacular waterfalls at Gooseberry or limestone caves at Forestville, and historic structures such as the early settlement of Fort Ridgely along the Minnesota River. Recreational opportunities are equally diverse -- and so are the people who pursue them. Photographer Doug Ohman visited each of Minnesota's sixty-six parks to capture their classic beauty, storied wildlife, and wealth of activities in all seasons. More than two hundred colour photographs illustrate sixteen essays by outdoors writer Chris Niskanen, who chronicles the sights, sounds, and experiences of exploring the parks through the eyes of those who know them best -- rangers, naturalists, and long-time users. There is the travelling salesman who is also an avid birdwatcher; a couple so excited about their state parks adventures that they worked geocaching into their wedding theme; and daughters on a camping trip to the rocky outcrops of Lake Superior's North Shore, a personal tale recounted by Niskanen. The result is an elegant package of memories for those who frequent the parks -- and an invitation to all comers to see Minnesota's natural world at its best.

Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish

Author: Alex Keene,Masato Yoshizawa,Suzanne Elaine McGaugh

Publisher: Academic Press

ISBN: 0128023651

Category: Science

Page: 412

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Biology and Evolution of the Mexican Cavefish features contributions by leading researchers in a comprehensive, unique work that examines a number of distinct areas of biology—evolution, development, ecology, and behavior—using the Mexican cavefish as a powerful model system to further understanding of basic biological processes such as eye degeneration, hearing, craniofacial development, sleep, and metabolic function. These fish are currently being used to better understand a number of issues related to human health, including age-related blindness, sleep, obesity, mood-related disorders, and aging. The recent sequencing of the cavefish genome broadens the interest of this system to groups working with diverse biological systems, and has helped researchers identify genes that regulate sleep, eye degeneration, and metabolic function. Mexican cavefish are particularly powerful for the study of biological processes because these fish evolved independently in twenty-nine caves in the Sierra de el Abra Region of Northeast Mexico. These fish have dramatic adaptations to the cave environment, and this can be used to identify genes involved in disease-related traits. This scholarly text will be of interest to researchers and students throughout diverse areas of biology and ecology. It includes photographs of animals and behavior in laboratory and natural settings that will also increase interest and accessibility to non-experts. Includes a mixture of images and illustrations such as the geographical distribution of cave pools and the developmental biology of the nervous system Features a companion site with geographical maps Fills a notable gap in the literature on a topic of broad interest to the scientific community Presents the recent sequencing of the cavefish genome as a groundbreaking development for researchers working with diverse biological systems

Lost Boys of Hannibal

Inside America's Largest Cave Search

Author: John Wingate

Publisher: Wisdom Editions

ISBN: 9781939548801

Category: History

Page: 262

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In 1967, the largest cave search in US history unfolded in historic Hannibal, Missouri, the boyhood home of author Mark Twain. Three modern day Tom Sawyers, with no caving expertise but an abundance of bravado, made Hannibal ground zero for a terrifying, unfolding calamity that would leave its traumatic mark for half a century. Joel Hoag, his brother Billy, and their friend Craig Dowell vanished after exploring a vast and complex maze cave system that had been exposed by highway construction. Fifty years later, their fate remains the ultimate unsolved mystery.

Explorer's Guide Minnesota, Land of 10,000 Lakes (Second Edition) (Explorer's Complete)

Author: Amy C. Rea

Publisher: The Countryman Press

ISBN: 088150954X

Category: Travel

Page: 448

View: 4091

"A classy series with encyclopedic coverage."—National Geographic Explorer Not only are there really 15,000 lakes in Minnesota, there are award-winning chocolatiers, wilderness trails, and luxury resorts too. Whether you have weeks or just a weekend, Minnesota has something for everyone, and this friendly, enthusiastic, honest guide explains it all.