Ice Caves

Ice Caves

1st Edition - November 30, 2017

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  • Editors: Aurel Persoiu, Stein-Erik Lauritzen
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117392
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128118573

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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.

Key Features

  • 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


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

Table of Contents


    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, Carmen-Andreea Bădăluță, 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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 752
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: November 30, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117392
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128118573

About the Editors

Aurel Persoiu

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of the Stable Isotope Laboratory, Stefan cel Mare University, Suceava, Romania

Stein-Erik Lauritzen

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 giant gypsum crystals at the Naica Mines, Mexico. He is the initiator of the symposia series “Climate Change: The Karst record” of which the first was arranged in Bergen in 1996.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Earth Sciences, Centre for Early Sapiens Behaviour (SapienCE), and Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen

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