Ice Caves

Coordinators: Persoiu Aurel, Lauritzen Stein-Erik

Language: Anglais
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Ice Caves synthesizes the latest research on ice caves from around the world, bringing to light important information that was heretofore buried in various reports, journals, and archives largely outside the public view. Ice caves have become an increasingly important target for the scientific community in the past decade, as the paleoclimatic information they host offers invaluable information about both present-day and past climate conditions. Ice caves are caves that host perennial ice accumulations and are the least studied members of the cryosphere. They occur in places where peculiar cave morphology and climatic conditions combine to allow for ice to form and persist in otherwise adverse parts of the planet. The book is an informative reference for scientists interested in ice cave studies, climate scientists, geographers, glaciologists, microbiologists, and permafrost and karst scientists.

  • Covers various aspects of ice occurrence in caves, including cave climate, ice genesis and dynamics, and cave fauna
  • Features an overview of the paleoclimatic significance of ice caves
  • Includes over 100 color images of ice caves around the world


CHAPTER 1 Introduction   Aurel Persoiu and Stein-Erik Lauritzen CHAPTER 2 History of Ice Caves Research   Christiane Meyer CHAPTER 3 Ice Caves Climate   Aurel Persoiu CHAPTER 4 Ice Genesis, Morphology and Dynamics CHAPTER 4.1 Ice Genesis and Types of Ice Caves   Bulat Mavlyudov CHAPTER 4.2 Ice Surface Morphology   Pavel Bella CHAPTER 4.3 Ice Dynamics in Caves   Aurel Persoiu CHAPTER 5 Dating Cave Ice Deposits   Zoltan Kern CHAPTER 6 Cryogenic Mineral Formation in Caves   Karel Zak and Bogdan P. P. Onac CHAPTER 7 Ice Cave Fauna   Sanda Iepure CHAPTER 8 Microbial Life in Ice Caves   Cristina Purcarea CHAPTER 9 Paleoclimatic Significance of Cave Ice   Aurel Persoiu CHAPTER 10 The Management of Ice Show Caves   Friedrich Oedl


CHAPTER 11 Geography of Cave Glaciation   Bulat Mavlyudov CHAPTER 12 Ice Caves in Switzerland   Marc Luetscher CHAPTER 13 Ice Caves in Austria   Christoph Spötl CHAPTER 14 Ice Caves in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina   Goran Barovic and Jasminko Mulaomerović CHAPTER 15 Ice Caves in Canada   Charles Yonge, Derek Ford, Greg Horne, Bernard Emile Lauriol and Jacques Schroeder CHAPTER 16 Ice Caves in Croatia   Nenad Buzjak CHAPTER 17 Ice Caves in Germany   Christiane Meyer and Andreas Pflitsch CHAPTER 18 Ice Caves in Greece   Christos Pennos CHAPTER 19 Ice Caves in Italy   Valter Maggi, Renato R. Colucci, Federico Scoto, Gaetano Giudice and Luca Giovanni Randazzo CHAPTER 20 Ice Caves in Iran   Mojgan Soleymani CHAPTER 21 Ice Caves in Asia   Olga Kadebskaya CHAPTER 22 Ice Caves in FYR of Macedonia   Marjan Temovski CHAPTER 23 Ice Caves in Norway, Fennoscandia and the Arctic   Stein-Erik Lauritzen CHAPTER 24 Ice Caves in Poland   Michał Gradziński CHAPTER 25 Ice Caves in Romania   Traian Brad and Aurel Persoiu CHAPTER 26 Ice Caves in Russia   Bulat Mavlyudov CHAPTER 27 Ice Caves in Serbia   Jelena Calic CHAPTER 28 Ice Caves in Spain   Enrique Cañadas, Manuel Gómez-Lende and Ánchel Belmonte Ribas CHAPTER 29 Ice Caves in Slovakia   Pavel Bella CHAPTER 30 Ice Caves in Slovenia   Andrej Mihevc CHAPTER 31 Ice Caves in the USA   Aurel Persoiu, Stein-Erik Lauritzen, Arthur Palmer and Stephen R. Higham


earth and environmental scientists, speleologists, paleoclimatologists, geographers, glaciologists, microbiologists, and permafrost and karst scientists

Aurel Persoiu is senior research fellow at the Emil Racoviță Institute of Speleology, Cluj Napoca, Romania. He has 17 years of experience working in ice-cave-related topics, acquired while working toward his MSc (2002) and PhD (2011), as well as during his professional career at Emil Racoviţă Institute of Speleology, University of South Florida, and University of Suceava. During this time, he has co-authored one book and several book chapters, written 13 articles in peer-reviewed journals and delivered more than 100 conference talks at meetings throughout the world on various topics related to ice caves. He organized the First International Workshop on Ice Caves (Cluj Napoca, Romania, 2004) as well as co-organizing several succeeding ones (2011, 2012, 2014). In 2007, he initiated the Working Group on Ice Caves within the International Speleological Union (UIS) and served as its first president between 2007 and 2009, and is currently the vice-president of the Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves Commission of the same organization.
Stein-Erik Lauritzen is professor of speleology and quaternary geology and head of the Uranium-Series dating laboratory at the University of Bergen. His research interests span over glacier ice-contact speleogenesis, chemical kinetics, quaternary geochronology as applied to caves and landscape evolution, and the extraction of environmental information from speleothems and other cave deposits. He has worked with cave fauna and aDNA on the ancient brown bear population in Norway, and on dating early Homo sapiens artefacts in South Africa. He is an active caver, and thus enjoys cave exploration and mapping. He is a member of Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research at Bergen University, and is an honorary life member of the National Speleological Society in the U.S. He was featured in a documentary on climatic research from caves and in a National Geographic documentary concerning the formation of gi