Cueva del Río La Venta
An Underground Dream
A book on this Chiapas cave, heavily illustrated with color photographs, including 70 full-page ones. Covers the discovery and exploration of the cave, the description of the through-trip (6600 meters long and 405 meters deep) from the upper entrance to the exit on the Río La Venta canyon, and the archaeology of the area. One through-trip was dedicated to photography. Purposes of the book include encouraging cavers to visit the cave and promoting preservation of the karst. There is a two-page map of the cave in the book, and a pocket inside the back cover contains a large folded sheet with an area map on one side and a 3-D diagram of the cave on the other.
Table of Contents
13 Introduction 15 The Origins and Development of the Río La Venta Karst System 35 Towards Cueva del Río La Venta 43 The Cueva del Río La Venta, a Long Journey (with explorers' essays) 61 Through-Trip from Sumidero II to Cueva del Río La Venta (with technical notes) 103 Drawing the Caves (the survey) 109 Photographing the Caves 121 April 2009: The International Photographic Expedition (with team essays) 131 Above the Caves: Local Inhabitants and the Speleologists 139 The Cueva del Río La Venta and the Ancient Zoque 147 The Importance of Speleological Explorations 151 What Future for the Cueva del Río La Venta?