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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 53, Issue 2 (2024)

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