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Kartchner Caverns : how two cavers discovered and saved one of the wonders of the natural world

Author: Neil Miller
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English
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Tells how amateur Arizona spelunkers Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen found a huge virgin cave in 1974, maintained the secrecy of this place, Kartchner Caverns, for fourteen years, and upon its "discovery," helped preserve the location and transform the caverns into a public attraction. The author covers the twenty-five years from the caverns' discovery to its protection as an Arizona state park, using personal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Randy Tufts; Gary Tenen; Gary Tenen; Randy Tufts
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Miller
ISBN: 9780816525164 0816525161
OCLC Number: 141482805
Description: 215 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 26 cm
Contents: The discovery --
Two spelunkers --
The golden age of Arizona caving --
Exploring Xanadu --
Playing for time --
Encountering the Kartchners --
Lewis and Clark in Tucson --
The years in the wilderness --
The stars line up --
From desert outpost to state park --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Neil Miller.
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Tells how amateur Arizona spelunkers Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen found a huge virgin cave in 1974, maintained the secrecy of this place, Kartchner Caverns, for fourteen years, and upon its "discovery," helped preserve the location and transform the caverns into a public attraction. The author covers the twenty-five years from the caverns' discovery to its protection as an Arizona state park, using personal interviews, biographical facts, political maneuvering, and geological facts to illustrate the story.

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Publication of this book is made possible in part by a generous contribution from the Friends of Kartchner Caverns.""One comes away from Miller's page-turner with a reverence, almost an unalloyed Read more...

 
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