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CAVES OF ADVENTURE Haroun Tazieff 1953 1st ed Hardcover DJ Near Fine
By Tazieff, Haroun
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New York, Harper & Brothers, 1953, 1st US edition. 222 pp, b/w photos. Hardcover with chipped dust jacket. Near Fine.

Subtitle: A Personal Account of Danger, Death and Discovery Far Beneath the Surface of the Earth

Wikipedia: The National Geographic film The Violent Earth was based on Tazieff's expeditions to the volcanoes, Mount Etna, Sicily in 1971 and Mount Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1972 in which he attempted, unsuccessfully, to descend into the active lava lake in order to collect samples something he had managed to achieve on a previous expedition in 1959. He participated in the first detailed exploration of the "Saint-Martin" La Verna cave system in the French Pyrenees. In 1952, while he was filming Marcel Loubens' ascent of the Pierre-Saint-Martin rock face, the cable of the hoist broke and Loubens fell over 80 meters. Loubens died 36 hours later but his body could only be recovered from the cave in 1954. 

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