UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis


Announcements about new publications in Speleogenesis Karstbase and other resources

As previously announced, the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (more commonly called The Sinkhole Conference) has been rescheduled to 12-16 April 2021 at its same location in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, we have now published the proceedings as NCKRI Symposium 8, which is available at this site.  While you are there you are welcome to download other NCKRI conference proceedings and reports at no cost. If you have difficulty accessing the website (which we are updating in part to improve access), you may also download the proceedings from the Karst Information Portal

This 370-page proceedings volume contains 40 peer-reviewed papers organized under the following headings:

  • Resource Monitoring and Management,
  • Geophysics and Remote Sensing,
  • Engineering/Geotechnical,
  • Hydrology,
  • Geomorphology/Formation of Karst and Sinkholes, and
  • GIS/Mapping and Management.

This book presents the latest advances in karstology by researchers at the ZRC SAZU Karst Research Institute, Slovenia – home of Classical Karst. It features interdisciplinary investigations carried out on the karst surface, subsurface, caves, and associated waters.

It covers various topics, such as analysis of karst processes, including the mineralogical and lithological characteristics of sediments and carbonate rocks; structural geological mapping; detecting the old traces of paleokarst; the formation of karst surfaces in a variety of types of rock and conditions; and the evolution of karst, which can aid in dating sediments, and in tracing aquifers using artificial and natural tracers.

In addition, the book provides detailed information on the use and development of various research methods, ranging from comprehensive field research, long-term measurements, and laboratory analyses to computer and laboratory modeling. Integrating karst geology, geomorphology, hydrology, ecology, speleobiology, and microbiology research, these methods provide readers with a far deeper understanding of karst terrains.

Link to the publisher's web-page: https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030268268

Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World

The last decade has witnessed the boost in recognition of the possibility, global occurrence, and practical importance of hypogene karstification (speleogenesis), i.e. the development of macroscopic solutional porosity and permeability by ascending flow from underlying formations, independent of recharge from the overlying or immediately adjacent surface. Hypogene karst has been identified and documented in many regions where it was previously overlooked or misinterpreted. The book contains regional and cave-specfic case studies, selected to represent diversity and importance of hypogene karstification and void-conduit patterns depending on variations of geological environments. Cases include both well-known and newly recognized hypogene karst regions and caves of the word, and focus on geological, hydrogeologic, geodynamic and evolutionary contexts of hypogene speleogenesis. The book will enrich the basis for generalization and categorization of hypogene karstification, demonstrate multifarious implications of hypogene karst studies for other branches of the Earth sciences, and improve our ability to adequately model hypogene karstification and predict related porosity and permeability.