Texas Caves

Author: Blair Pittman

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 122

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Texas has about three thousand known, explored caves, ranging in size from small crawlways to huge caverns. Most of these caves, however, are generally restricted to exploration by trained, experienced cavers, geologists, and biologists.

Caves and Karst Across Time

Author: Yongli Gao,E. Calvin Alexander Jr.

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372516X

Category: Caves

Page: 300

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"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"--

Finding Anything about Everything in Texas

100 Credible Books and 100 Reliable Websites

Author: Edward M. Walters

Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications

ISBN: 9781589791992

Category: Travel

Page: 213

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A crash course in locating information about the Lone Star State. Each chapter begins with an engaging, little known, even quirky story and then shows the reader how to follow the printed and electronic trail to uncover more detail.

The Proto-Neolithic Cemetery in Shanidar Cave

Author: Ralph S. Solecki,Rose L. Solecki,Anagnostis P. Agelarakis

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585442720

Category: History

Page: 234

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Shanidar Cave in the Zagros Mountains, with its 26 burials containing 35 bodies, `is the oldest prehistoric site with the longest history of occupation in Iraq'. This volume provides an archaeological overview of the site, which dates to the 11th millennium BC, excavated throughly by Ralph Solecki throughout the 1950s. Sections examine the burials themselves, which included adolescents, infants and adults, associated stone clusters and walls, the flint tools and stone beads. Finally the study considers what the burials and the composition of the burial groups reveal about Proto-Neolithic society in the region and its mortuary practices. Additional analysis on the skeletal remains, beads and pendants is presented in appendices.

Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into Texas Bigger and Better

Author: Bathroom Readers' Institute

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1607108062

Category: Humor

Page: 384

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Uncle John ropes, wrassles, and rides into the Lone Star State in this updated, king-sized grab-bag of all things Texas. Packed with 60 new pages, Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Texas Expanded Edition! is bigger and badder than the previous edition. This cowboy-sized collection of Texas talents, truisms, and tales offers fans everything they love about the Lone Star State: its colorful history, fascinating figures, good grub, bona fide Texas brews, and much more. Like what? How about . . . * Cowboy street cred: How to tell a drugstore cowboy from the real deal. * Hogs gone wild! * The funniest Texas tombstones. * A few facts about the grand Rio Grande. * Oil myths, rodeo clowns, water wars, and all the weird, wild, and wonderful things that can be found only deep in the heart of Texas.

Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science

Author: John Gunn

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135455082

Category: Reference

Page: 960

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The Encyclopedia of Caves and Karst Science contains 350 alphabetically arranged entries. The topics include cave and karst geoscience, cave archaeology and human use of caves, art in caves, hydrology and groundwater, cave and karst history, and conservation and management. The Encyclopedia is extensively illustrated with photographs, maps, diagrams, and tables, and has thematic content lists and a comprehensive index to facilitate searching and browsing.

The Devil's Book of Culture

History, Mushrooms, and Caves in Southern Mexico

Author: Benjamin Feinberg

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9780292701908

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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Since the 1950s, the Sierra Mazateca of Oaxaca, Mexico, has drawn a strange assortment of visitors and pilgrims—schoolteachers and government workers, North American and European spelunkers exploring the region’s vast cave system, and counterculturalists from hippies (John Lennon and other celebrities supposedly among them) to New Age seekers, all chasing a firsthand experience of transcendence and otherness through the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms “in context” with a Mazatec shaman. Over time, this steady incursion of the outside world has significantly influenced the Mazatec sense of identity, giving rise to an ongoing discourse about what it means to be “us” and “them.” In this highly original ethnography, Benjamin Feinberg investigates how different understandings of Mazatec identity and culture emerge through talk that circulates within and among various groups, including Mazatec-speaking businessmen, curers, peasants, intellectuals, anthropologists, bureaucrats, cavers, and mushroom-seeking tourists. Specifically, he traces how these groups express their sense of culture and identity through narratives about three nearby yet strange discursive “worlds”—the “magic world” of psychedelic mushrooms and shamanic practices, the underground world of caves and its associated folklore of supernatural beings and magical wealth, and the world of the past or the past/present relationship. Feinberg’s research refutes the notion of a static Mazatec identity now changed by contact with the outside world, showing instead that identity forms at the intersection of multiple transnational discourses.

Caves and Karst Across Time

Author: Yongli Gao,E. Calvin Alexander Jr.

Publisher: Geological Society of America

ISBN: 081372516X

Category: Caves

Page: 300

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"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"--

Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America

Author: Blaine W. Schubert,Jim I. Mead,Russell W. Graham,Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253342683

Category: Science

Page: 299

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This book gathers the findings of a number of studies on North American cave paleontology. Although not intended to be all-inclusive, Ice Age Cave Faunas of North America contains contributions that range from overviews of the significance of cave fossils to reports about new localities and studies of specific vertebrate groups. These essays describe how cave remains record the evolutionary patterns of organisms and their biogeography, how they can help reconstruct past ecosystems and climatic fluctuations, how they provide an important record of the evolution of modern ecosystems, and even how some of these caves contain traces of human activity. The book's eclectic nature should appeal to students, professional and amateur paleontologists, biologists, geologists, speleologists, and cavers. The contributors are Ticul Alvarez, Joaquin Arroyo-Cabrales, Christopher J. Bell, Larry L. Coats, Jennifer Glennon, Wulf Gose, Frederick Grady, Russell Wm. Graham, Timothy H. Heaton, Carmen J. Jans-Langel, Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr., H. Gregory McDonald, Jim I. Mead, Oscar J. Polaco, Blaine W. Schubert, Holmes A. Semken, Jr., and Alisa J. Winkler.

Nature Watch Austin

Guide to the Seasons in an Urban Wildland

Author: Lynne M. Weber,Jim Weber

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603444815

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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Ducks in January . . . bats in March . . . rain lilies in April . . . meteors in August . . . the predictable appearance of fauna and flora allows humans to experience the natural cycles in the environment, no matter how urban the setting. In Nature Watch Austin, avid amateur naturalists Lynne and Jim Weber provide an introduction and guide to some of the natural events that define the seasons in the city of Austin and its surrounding areas. Month-by-month, each chapter profiles the plants, animals, insects, and other natural phenomena that are particularly noteworthy at that time of year. The authors also provide suggestions on how and where to see them—from driving to a nearby water treatment plant to lounging by the backyard bird feeder. Opening with a chart on weather, temperature, and daylight hours, each month’s chapter features photographs and original illustrations by the authors. A list of references includes area field guides and more in-depth sources of information by subject. No matter how clogged with traffic and entombed in concrete, even large cities harbor wildlife and support a community of plants, either in tucked-away places both familiar and unexpected, or in parks and preserves dedicated to city dwellers in search of open space. Learning the annual rhythms of “urban wildland” encourages everyone to be in tune with nature and welcome the opportunities to enjoy it, year after year.

Buried Treasures of Texas

Legends of Outlaw Loot, Pirate Hoards, Buried Mines, Ingots in Lakes, and Santa Anna's Pack-train Gold

Author: W. C. Jameson

Publisher: august house

ISBN: 9780874831788

Category: History

Page: 202

View: 1957

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Collects legends of buried treasure in Texas, including the gold of Haystack Mountain, a missing Incan hoard, and the Deer Island shipwrecks

My First Pocket Guide About Texas

Author: Carole Marsh

Publisher: Gallopade International

ISBN: 0635089157

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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The perfect reference guide for students in grades 3 and up - or anyone! This handy, easy-to-use reference guide is divided into seven color-coded sections which includes Texas basic facts, geography, history, people, places, nature and miscellaneous information. Each section is color coded for easy recognition. This Pocket Guide comes with complete and comprehensive facts ALL about Texas. Riddles, recipes, and surprising facts make this guide a delight! Texas Basics section explores your state's symbols and their special meaning. Texas Geography section digs up the what's where in Texas. Texas History section is like traveling through time to some of Texas's greatest moments. Texas People section introduces you to famous personalities and your next-door neighbors. Texas Places section shows you where you might enjoy your next family vacation. Texas Nature section tells what Mother Nature gave to Texas. Texas Miscellaneous section describes the real fun stuff ALL about Texas.

The White Shaman Mural

An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos

Author: Carolyn E. Boyd,Kim Cox

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 1477310304

Category: Social Science

Page: 219

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Folded plate (1 leaf, 39 x 61 cm, folded to 19 x 16 cm) in pocket.

Systematics, conservation and morphology of the spider genus Tayshaneta (Araneae, Leptonetidae) in Central Texas Caves

Author: Joel Ledford,Pierre Paquin,James Cokendolpher,Josh Campbell,Charles Griswold

Publisher: PenSoft Publishers LTD

ISBN: 9546426253

Category: Science

Page: 102

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The spider genus Tayshaneta is revised based on results from a three gene phylogenetic analysis (Ledford et al. 2011) and a comprehensive morphological survey using scanning electron (SEM) and compound light micros-copy. The morphology and relationships within Tayshaneta are discussed and five species-groups are supported by phylogenetic analyses: the anopica group, the coeca group, the myopica group, the microps group and the sandersi group. Short branch lengths within Tayshaneta contrast sharply with the remaining North American genera and are viewed as evidence for a relatively recent radiation of species. Variation in troglomorphic morphology is discussed and compared to patterns found in other Texas cave invertebrates. Several species previously known as single cave endemics have wider ranges than expected, suggesting that some caves are not isolated habitats but instead form part of interconnected karst networks. Distribution maps are compared with karst faunal regions (KFR?s) in Central Texas and the implications for the conservation and recovery of Tayshaneta species are discussed. Ten new species are described: T. archambaulti sp. n., T. emeraldae sp. n., T. fawcetti sp. n., T. grubbsi sp. n., T. madla sp. n., T. oconnorae sp. n., T. sandersi sp. n., T. sprousei sp. n., T. vidrio sp. n. and T. whitei sp. n. The males for three species, T. anopica (Gertsch, 1974), T. devia (Gertsch, 1974) and T. microps (Gertsch, 1974) are described for the first time. Tayshaneta furtiva (Gertsch, 1974) and T. uvaldea (Gertsch, 1974) are declared nomina dubia as the female holotypes are not diagnosable and efforts to locate specimens at the type localities were unsuccessful. All Tayshaneta species are thoroughly illustrated, diagnosed and keyed. Distribution maps are also provided highlighting areas of taxonomic ambiguity in need of additional sampling.