Ice Caves - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128117392

Ice Caves

1st Edition

Editors: Aurel Persoiu Stein-Erik Lauritzen
Paperback ISBN: 9780128117392
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th December 2017
Page Count: 752
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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

Part I: Perennial ice accumulations in caves: overview
1. Introduction
  Aurel Persoiu and Stein-Erik Lauritzen
2. History of ice caves research
  Christiane Meyer
3. Ice caves climate
  Aurel Persoiu
4. Ice genesis, morphology, and dynamics
4.1. Ice genesis and types of ice caves
  Bulat Mavlyudov
4.2. Ice morphology
  Pavel Bella
4.3. Ice dynamics
  Aurel Persoiu
5. Dating ice in caves
  Zoltan Kern
6. Processes related to the presence of ice in cave
6.1 Cryogenic mineral formation in caves
  Karel Zak and Bogdan P. P. Onac
6.2 Periglacial phenomena in ice caves
  Andrej Mihevc
7. Ice caves fauna
  Sanda Iepure
8. Microbial life in ice caves
  Cristina Purcarea
9. Paleoclimatic significance of perennial ice accumulations in caves
  Aurel Persoiu
10. Management of ice caves
  Friedrich Oedl

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


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About the Editor

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