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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 51, issue 2 (2022)

Current Issue: Volume 51, Issue 1 (2022)



Low impact sampling of speleothems – reconciling scientific study with cave conservation
Claire L.V. MacGregor, John C. Hellstrom, Jon D. Woodhead, Russell N. Drysdale, and Rolan S. Eberhard

  • Low impact method for speleothem sampling
  • Cave conservation best practice


Speleogenesis in a lens of metamorphosed limestone and ankerite: Ochtiná Aragonite Cave, Slovakia
Pavel Bella, Pavel Bosák, Petr Pruner, Helena Hercman, Katarína Pukanská, Karol Bartoš, Ľudovít Gaál, Dagmar Haviarová, Peter Tomčík, and Šimon Kdýr

  • Carbonic acid speleogenesis enhanced due to ankerite oxidation
  • Solution flat ceilings and inward-inclined smooth facets in a limestone cave
  • Solution facets developed in flat-roofed passages as well as in vaulted halls and passages
  • The Brunhes/Matuyama boundary and Jaramillo magnetozone recorded in cave sediments
  • Slow depositional rate of cave sediments determined from magnetostratigraphy data


Monitoring photosynthetic activity using in vivo chlorophyll a fluorescence in microalgae and cyanobacteria biofilms in the Nerja Cave (Malaga, Spain)
Yolanda Del Rosal, Juan Muñoz-Fernández, Paula S.M. Celis-Plá, Mariona Hernández-Mariné, Félix Álvarez-Gómez, Salvador Merino, and Félix L. Figueroa

  • Monitoring of in vivo Chl a fluorescence is an efficient tool to prevent biodeterioration processes
  • Photosynthetic activity is related with values of temperature, relatively humidity and CO2 in the air
  • The biofilms could survive under stress environment
  • Higher environmental values probably alleviate the photoinhibition as a supply in the system Irradiance is not an adequate key factor to control microorganism growth in the Nerja Cave


Guano-derived morphologies and associated minerals found in Cova de sa Guitarreta, Llucmajor, Balearics
Antonio Merino Juncadella, Joan J. Fornós, Antoni Mulet, and Joaquín Ginés

  • New method for measuring unreachable morphologies and utilization of thermograph camera
  • Bat-derived morphologies: Biomechanical erosion and features related to guano deposits
  • Microclimate constraints on the genesis of bell holes and deposition of phosphates
  • Description of guano-related cave minerals. Dichotomy between struvite and newberyite
  • Acidic profiles, pH, and guano-related mineral genesis


Anthropogenic impacts on the Glowworm Cave, Waitomo, New Zealand: a microclimate management approach
Chris Hendy, David J. Merritt, and Shannon Corkill

  • Waitomo Glowworm Cave is prone to anthropogenic carbon dioxide build-up
  • Climatic monitoring has led to an understanding of the cave ventilation process
  • Chimney-effect ventilation is managed by opening or closing an upper-level door
  • Ventilation is promoted when visitors are in the cave
  • Ventilation is suppressed when cool, dry external air could negatively impact the glowworms


Modeling air pressure propagation through Wind Cave and Jewel Cave: How can air pressure signals inside barometric caves be predicted from surface pressure measurements?
Annika K. Gomell and Andreas Pflitsch

  • A quantitative model is developed to predict air pressure inside barometric caves
  • The model can explain up to 99.7% of observed pressure variations
  • Identified speleoclimatological processes comprehensively describe pressure dynamics
  • Analysis reveals the effect of morphological characteristics on pressure propagation
  • Results provide an explanation for observed differences in airflow dynamics