Carlsbad Caverns - The Story Behind the Scenery
by Ed Green
For thousands of years the yawning natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, has drawn Native Americans, guano miners, explorers and park visitors to leave the bright, arid surface world and enter the cool, dark, unfamiliar world below. While the desert has its own mysteries to explore, for tens of millions of visitors it is the underground world that is awe-inspiring. Nothing in our everyday existence prepares us to comprehend the vast amounts of time and water, the complex chemistry and the sequence of geologic events necessary to create the overpowering size and beauty of the caves found in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.
Carlsbad Caverns, The Story Behind the Scenery, is filled with high definition photographs taken both below and above ground in the park, together with descriptive text authored by Ed Green, who retired as Chief of Interpretation at Carlsbad Caverns National Park after a long career serving in numerous parks including Mammoth Cave National Park.
The story of Carlsbad Caverns National Park is actually the story of two parks; the one park visitors see on the surface and the one we see underground. Both are exquisitely shown and interpreted in The Story Behind the Scenery. Sharp, creatively photographed scenes reveal the pitch-black underground is as different from the bright sun and blue sky of the surface world as the plants and animals of the Chihuahuan Desert are different from the rocks and minerals of the Cavern.
9x12, Paperback, 48 pages, 74 color photos & 2 maps