Oral History: Wil and Elizabeth White
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Crystal Cave (Kentucky, United States), Oral History Project
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The Drs. White take turns discussing how they became interested in karst science. They reflect on the days when public opinion marginalized karst science and offer what they perceive as the historical factors which have allowed it to become established as a stand-alone scientific discipline. They then discuss students who have worked with them on various karst projects. Dr. Will White tells the story of the haunted telephone from Crystal Cave in Kentucky. The interviewees then discuss the relationship between professional karst scientists and the amateur, recreational caving community. They also discuss the future of karst science specifically with relation to hydrology, microbiology, paleoclimatology, and geo-hazards.
Interview conducted July 23, 2007 at the National Speleological Society convention in Margeno, Indiana.
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White, Elizabeth L.; White, William B.; Chavez, Todd A.; and Fleury, E. Spencer, "White, William B. and Elizabeth L. / interviewed by Spencer Fleury and Todd Chavez Oral History: Wil and Elizabeth White" (2007). KIP Oral Histories. 7.