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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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Cryogenic ridges: a new speleothem type
Bogdan P. Onac, Daniel M. Cleary, Oana A. Dumitru, Victor J. Polyak, Ioan Povara, Jonathan G. Wynn, and Yemane Asmerom

  • Cryogenic ridges: a new speleothem type
  • Cryogenic ridges are seasonally precipitated in Sohodoalele Mici Cave
  • The isotopic composition is different in calcite ridges and the inner stalactite
  • The formation of cryogenic ridges is discussed


Mg records of two stalagmites from B7-Cave (northwest Germany) indicating long-term precipitation changes during Early to Mid-Holocene
Dana F. C. Riechelmann, Klaus Peter Jochum, Detlev K. Richter, and Denis Scholz

  • Redating of B7-Cave stalagmites results in more precise age models
  • High-resolution Mg concentrations are related to prior calcite precipitation
  • Mg records indicate increasing precipitation at the beginning of the Holocene


Why the delay in recognizing terrestrial obligate cave species in the tropics?
Francis G. Howarth

  • Several factors explain why the discovery of tropical troglobionts was delayed
  • Temperature and humidity are major factors in defining troglobiont distribution
  • Troglobionts evolve by an adaptive shift across a cave/surface ecotonal boundary
  • Subterranean species and ecosystems are vulnerable and threatened by novel stressors
  • Research in tropical caves has expanded our understanding of evolutionary ecology of cave life


4D flow pattern of the longest cave in the Eastern Alps (Schönberg-Höhlensystem, Totes Gebirge)
Lukas Plan, Eva Kaminsky, Pauline Oberender, Clemens Tenreiter, and Maximilian Wimmer

  • Speleogenesis of a 156 km long and 1061 m deep Alpine cave system is studied
  • Arrangement of passages at two slightly inclined planes is confirmed as speleogenetic phases
  • Morphological observations reveal a reversal of flow-direction through time
  • According to current hydrological conditions, a dual flow is proposed
  • Unlike other karst massifs in the NCA, sediments support autogenic recharge for Totes Gebirge

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