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Klimchouk, A.B.
Klimchouk, A.; Sasowsky, I.; Mylroie, J.; Engel, S.A.; Engel, A.S.
The methodological strength of the hydrogeological approach to distinguishing hypogene speleogenesis
Hypogene Cave Morphologies. Selected papers and abstracts of the symposium held February 2 through 7, 2014, San Salvador Island, Bahamas. Karst Waters Institute Special Publication 18
Leesburg, Virginia
2014
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Defined in the most general way, hypogene speleogenesis is the origin of caves in which the cave-forming agency comes from depth, in contrast to epigene speleogenesis in which the cave-forming agency (meteoric recharge and its inherent or soil-derived aggressiveness) originates at the surface. A more specific definition should rely on attributes of the cave-forming agency which are most suitable and efficient for discrimination between epigene and hypogene origin of caves.
Relying on the determination of a source of the aggressiveness in distinguishing hypogene speleogenesis is the legitimate approach but it is not a methodologically sound and practically efficient one.
The hydrogeological approach and the reference to upwelling groundwater circulation in the definition of hypogene speleogenesis provide a theoretically and methodologically sound basis not only for identifying the type of speleogenesis, but also for spatial and temporal prognosis of hypogene speleogenesis.

hypogene speleogenesis; definition; methodology; hydrogeological approach; karst hydrogeology
10.13140/2.1.1187.3287
Klimchouk, A.B., 2014, The methodological strength of the hydrogeological approach to distinguishing hypogene speleogenesis , 4 - 12 http://karstwaters.org/publications/SP18_Hypogene_Cave_Morphologies.pdf