KARST AWARENESS/EDUCATION SERIES

Karst of the Urban Corridor:
Bell, Bexar, Comal, Hays, Travis, and Williamson Counties

Kevin W. Stafford with Katherine Arens.
2014. 114 pp. $20 + $5 s&h.


Karst of the Urban Corridor     
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Karst of the Urban Corridor is a book for an audience not usually addressed by caving publications: readers wanting a broad introduction to the cave resources, cave science, history, management, conservation, and other issues involved in understanding and living in limestone karst regions everywhere, with the Central Texas Region as the case study and example. It includes information on caves and karst features, biology and conservation (including endangered species), the origin of caves (speleogenesis), the history of famous caves, and issues on development, water quality, and resource protection.

Copiously illustrated with both photographs and diagrams explaining concepts introduced in the text, Karst of the Urban Corridor is designed to bridge the gap between publications for the lay reader and technical publications -- to be accessible to readers with different needs at different levels. Each section has suggestions for further reading: links to sources of maps, handbooks, more extensive introductory texts, online archives, associations and organizations, and the like. Technical vocabulary is defined and often illustrated to help the reader understand why specialists in many fields need the terms, and what kinds of discussions they occur in.


Table of Contents
    INTRODUCTION
  • PART I: WHY KARST MATTERS
    1. WHAT KARST IS: AN OVERVIEW
    2. THE LIFE OF KARST: HOW CAVES AND ASSOCIATED FEATURES DEVELOP
    3. KARST: A NATURAL RESOURCE Environmental Concerns in Karst
  • PART II: WHAT MAKES THE URBAN CORRIDOR A SPECIAL KARST TERRAIN?
    1. THE URBAN CORRIDOR
    2. KARST OF THE URBAN CORRIDOR: IN SUMMARY
  • PART III: KARST IN THE COUNTIES OF THE URBAN CORRIDOR
    1. KARST OF BEXAR COUNTY
    2. KARST OF COMAL COUNTY
    3. KARST OF HAYS COUNTY
    4. KARST OF TRAVIS COUNTY
    5. KARST OF WILLIAMSON COUNTY
    6. KARST OF BELL COUNTY
  • PART IV: TOWARD THE FUTURE
    1. LOOKING FORWARD: THE FUTURE OF KARST THROUGHOUT THE URBAN CORRIDOR
    2. APPENDICES: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
      • Glossary
      • Karst Resources
      • Figure Credits
      • Bibliography