About the Author:

Paul Burger

Paul Burger began caving in 1985 as a high school student involved in the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Most of his early caving involved exploring and mapping caves in Colorado and New Mexico, most notably Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. His continued mapping and exploration in Lechuguilla Cave helped make it the one of the longest caves in the world at over 115 miles and the deepest limestone cave in the United States.

 Paul was instrumental in the discovery of Southern Comfort, a major extension to Wind Cave, South Dakota, and has been involved in the exploration of a major extension to Jewel Cave, South Dakota.

 After finishing both his bachelorís and masterís degree in geology at the Colorado School of Mines, Paul went to work for Carlsbad Caverns National Park where he served as the park geologist-hydrologist for more than ten years. He is now the Regional Hydrologist for the Alaska Region of the National Park Service. He continues to be involved in Lechuguilla exploration and has recently been part of several international caving expeditions to Mexico and China. Paul also co-authored Deep Secrets, a book on the discovery and exploration of Lechuguilla Cave.

Other Books by Paul Burger

Deep Secrets: The Discovery and Exploration of Lechuguilla Cave is the story of how a small, dusty cave in the desert of New Mexico became one of the most heralded cave discoveries of the 20th century. This narrative tale, written for the caver and non-caver alike, describes in detail the struggle to explore the first fifty miles of what is now the fifth longest cave in the world and the deepest limestone cave in the United States.

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History Channel

A team of professional cavers, filmmakers and microbiologists journey deeper than ever before into the sacred Mayan cave Naj' Tunich. Co-hosts Paul Burger, Hazel Barton, and John Climaco explore the history and the boundaries of one of the most sacred Mayan sites in Central America.

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