This is the best of the many books by Norbert Casteret, prolific author and undoubtedly the most famous of speleologists. Through his evocative writings, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, he has introduced countless readers to the wonders of caves and the adventure of caving. Here are Casteret's firsthand accounts of adventure and archaeological discovery in the caves of the Pyrenees, on the border of France and Spain.
Ten Years Under the Earth ranges from "The Story of a Raindrop" (concerning the slow growth of cave features) to "An Ice World below Ground: The Grotte Casteret," from "The Phantom Hands of Gargas" (about ritual mutilation practiced by ancient cave dwellers) to "The Deepest Abyss in France, the Goufre Martel." Here is a wealth of first-hand archaeological and caving lore, for the beginner as well as for the experienced caver and caving enthusiast.
Written by Norbert Casteret
Copyright 2002 (reprint with new cover)
320 pages, Softbound