UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

Encyclopedia of Caves, 2nd Edition, edited By William B. White  &  David C. Culver, has just been published by Academic Press:

Encyclopedia of Caves coverWilliam B. White and David C. Culver, editors,
Encyclopedia of Caves. Chennai: Academic Press, 2012, 966 p.
ISBN: 978-0-12-383832-2

Individual chapters of the book are available via Science Direct.

Key Features

  • Global in reach--authors are an international team of experts covering caves from around the world Includes 24 new articles commissioned especially for this 2nd edition
  • Articles contain extensive bibliographies cross-referencing related essays
  • Hundreds of color photographs, maps, charts and illustrations of cave features and biota
  • A-Z sequence and a comprehensive index allow for easy location of topics
  • Glossary presents definitions of all key vocabulary items


Encyclopedia of Caves is a self-contained, beautifully illustrated work dedicated to caves and their unique environments. It includes more than 100 comprehensive articles from leading scholars and explorers in 15 different countries. Each entry is detailed and scientifically sound, yet accessible for students and non-scientists. This large-format reference is enchanced with hundreds of full-color photographs, maps, and drawings from the authors' own work, which provide unique images of the underground environment.


The Encyclopedia of Caves presents 128 separate articles on the entire range of speleological study. Articles in the Encyclopedia fall within 15 general subjects areas, as follows:

  1. Types of Caves
  2. Cave features
  3. Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  4. Speleothems and other cave deposits
  5. Cave ages and paleoclimate
  6. Exceptional caves
  7. Biology of particular organisms in caves
  8. Ecology
  9. Cave invasion
  10. Biogeography and Diversity
  11. Evolution and Adaptation in Caves
  12. Exploration of Caves
  13. Contemporary use of caves
  14. Historical use of caves
  15. Ground water contamination and land use hazards in cave regions