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The International Journal of Speleology is the official journal of the Union Internationale de Spéléologie since 1978 and was founded in 1964. It is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, international scientific journal that publishes research and review articles concerning all sciences involved in karst and caves, such as geology, geomorphology, hydrology, archeology, paleontology, (paleo)climatology, cave meteorology, (geo)microbiology, environmental sciences, physics, chemistry, mineralogy, etc. IJS is published three times per year.

Articles are open access at http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ijs. The journal is abstracted and indexed in the following services: Directory of Open Access Journals, ISI Thomson Services (Science Citation Index-Expanded including the Web of Science, ISI Alerting Service, Current Contents/Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences), Bibliography & Index of Geology (GeoRef, Cambridge Scientific Abstracts, EarthScienceWISE (Oxmill Publishing), EBSCO publishing, Geobase, Speleological Abstracts (UIS), Ulrich’s Periodical Directory ™, BIOSIS Zoological record, SCOPUS (Elsevier), and SCImago Journal and Country Rank.

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Current Issue: Volume 51, Issue 2 (2022)



Hydrodynamic model for independent cold and thermo-mineral twin springs in a stratified continental karst aquifer, Camou, Arbailles Massif, Pyrénées, France
Philippe Audra, Jean-Yves Bigot, Dimitri Laurent, Nathalie Vanara, Didier Cailhol, and Gérard Cazenave

  • Camou twin springs discharge cold and hot-saline waters, from distinct water bodies
  • We studied the dynamic of thermohaline using temperature-depth dataloggers
  • Water bodies with different physic characteristic do not mix, even in same conduit
  • We suggest a hydrodynamic model for non-mixing in highly karstified context
  • Camou springs are an outstanding case of continental stratified karst aquifer


Recreational caving impacts of visitors in a high-altitude cave in Bolivian Andes: main effects on microhabitat structure and faunal distribution
Lais Furtado Oliveira, Rodrigo L. Ferreira, Jaime Iván Rodríguez Fernández, and Marconi Souza Silva

  • Humajalanta cave presented 32 invertebrate species, six of them troglomorphic
  • The species composition between visited and non-visited areas differed significantly
  • Singular components of microhabitat determined the similarity of the non-troglobitic fauna
  • Microhabitat heterogeneity determined the non-troglobite species richness
  • Impacts of weak visitation did not determine faunal differentiation between areas


Sulfuric acid speleogenesis and surface landform evolution along the Vienna Basin Transfer Fault: Plavecký Karst, Slovakia
Pavel Bella, Helena Hercman, Šimon Kdýr, Petr Mikysek, Petr Pruner, Juraj Littva, Jozef Minár, Michal Gradzinski, Wojciech Wróblewski, Marek Velšmid, and Pavel Bosak

  • Multi-phased hypogene speleogenesis occured at the fault interface of a horst-graben structure
  • Sulfuric acid speleogenesis is identified by morphological and mineralogical evidence
  • Cave levels are featured by flat corrosion floors and fissure discharge feeders
  • Formation of cave levels is linked to the subsidence history of the Vienna Basin
  • U-series dating and paleomagnetic analysis of Early–Middle Pleistocene deposits were conducted