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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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NEW ISSUE IN PROGRESS: Volume 53, issue 3 (2024)

Current Issue: Volume 53, Issue 2 (2024) Klimchouk – Hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk Special Issue


Klimchouk’s Impact on the Development of Speleogenetic Models for Castile Evaporites: West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico, USA
Kevin W. Stafford

  • Klimchouk's impact on speleogenesis in the Permian Basin
  • Characterization of evaporite karst in the Delaware Basin
  • Speleogenetic model for Castile evaporites


A speleogenetic history of Novoafonskaya Cave in the Western Caucasus
Olga Chervyatsova, Sergey Potapov, Jonathan Baker, Dmitry Gavryushkin, Victor Polyak, Matt Heizler, Sergey Tokarev, Sergey Sadykov, Roman Dbar, and Yuri Dublyansky

  • Small-scale karstification by hydrothermal waters occurred in Miocene – Middle Pliocene
  • The main volumes of the cave formed by mixing corrosion (Late Pliocene – Middle Pleistocene)
  • The cave was affected by SAS during its emergence from the phreatic zone after ~400 ka
  • Evolution of the cave was affected by sea level fluctuations and the tectonic uplift


Role of hypogenesis in the evolution of karst in the Taurus Mountains Range, Turkey
Serdar C. Bayari, Naciye Nur Özyurt, Lütfi Nazik, Koray A. Törk, Noyan İ. Güner, Emrah Pekkan, and Pınar Avcı

  • Evaluation of the geodynamic history is essential to assessing the hypogene karst processes
  • The carbonate-hosted secondary ore deposits are associated with hypogene karstification
  • Kırkgöz cave system, Antalya Travertine Plateau, and Obruks are hypogene karst products
  • Groundwater’s noble gas and carbon isotope signals indicate ongoing hypogene activity
  • Earth-tidal pumping can be a potential flow driver for hypogene karstification


Mid- to Late-Miocene hypogene speleogenesis tied to the tectonic history of the central Basin and Range province, USA
Louise D. Hose, Victor Polyak, Harvey R. DuChene, J. Douglas Powell, Leslie A. Melim, Gretchen M. Baker, Donald G. Davis, and Yemane Asmerom

  • Central Basin and Range province is a major hypogenic cave region
  • Speleogenesis dates back to the Middle Miocene
  • Uranium-lead radiometric dates of cave mammillaries range between 14-2 Ma
  • Calc-siltite is made up of silt-sized calcite and quartz grains


Revealing the ongoing speleogenetic processes in an underwater cave through the application of natural radionuclides and stable isotopes: case study from the hypogene Buda Thermal Karst
Anita Erőss, Katalin Hegedűs-Csondo, Petra Kovács-Bodor, Dénes Szieberth, Ákos Horváth, György Czuppon, Andrea Mindszenty Dr, Szabolcs Leél-Őssy, and Judit Mádl-Szőnyi

  • Karst development is studied in real-time in a regional discharge area
  • Cave forming process connected to lukewarm groundwater of intermediate flow system
  • Free convection results in an upper warmer water layer
  • Mixing corrosion is connected to a fault zone
  • Danube level regulates thermal water discharge and temporal variations in mixing