Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Cave Book by Emil Silvestru

book cover

The Cave Book
by Emil Silvestru

Hardback: 80 pages
Publisher: Master Books
First Released: 2008

Source: Bought from a local Christian bookstore.

Book Description from Back Cover, slightly modified:
Explore deep into the hidden wonders beneath the surface as cave expert Dr. Emil Silvestru takes you on an illuminating and educational journey through the mysterious world of caves. Discover the beautiful formations, thriving ecology, unique animals, and fragile balance of this little-seen ecosystem in caves from around the globe.

The Cave Book will teach you about:

* Several theories on how caves form & how long it took
* How caves have been used by humans for shelter and worship
* The world of Neanderthals and their connection to modern humans
* How to make a stone axe and about early tools
* How long it takes for cave formations to form
* Unusual animals that make caves their home
* Examples of caves in the mythology of many cultures
* The climate, geologic processes, and features of caves and karst rocks
* How ice caves form
* Exploration, hazards, and record-setting caves

Filled with beautiful and fascinating color photos of caves from around the world, The Cave Book is wonderful guide to this hidden world of wonders. Enjoy learning on your journey of exploration into these exciting and mysterious places underground!

The Cave Book is an educational nonfiction book for high schools and adults. It had lovely pictures from caves all over the world plus illustrations of the things being taught in the text. The author is a scientist who studies and explores caves, so the reader gets a view of what it's like to do that (which I haven't seen in other books about caves). The author is also a Christian, and he tied in what he was discussing with the history recorded in the Bible (like how "cave men" and Neanderthals fit with the Biblical view of history).

He talked about: (chapter 1) cave art & people who lived in caves; (chapter 2) caves in mythology, animals found living in caves, and the climate in caves; (chapter 3) cave rock types and cave formations; (chapter 4) exploring caves; (chapter 5) how scientists study cave systems (which includes studying the surrounding above ground terrain and climate).

The author used some scientific terms and chemical equations, but the terms were defined in the text and in a glossary located at the back of the book. I found the book interesting and enlightening (and it made me want to go on another cave tour soon), but I would've liked a couple more illustrations. I had to concentrate to follow some of the descriptions in the text (like the cave journey in the example "day in the life of a cave scientist") and a few additional illustrations would have allowed me to more quickly and easily follow the text in these spots.

There's also a pull-out poster at the back of the book. I'd recommend this book to any Christian who's interested in caves or who's about to go on a tour of a cave.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

View an excerpt.

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