What is Speleology?

The word Speleology is related in some way to caves but what exactly means? Is it some sort of science?

asked by Marcus in Science | 1847 views | 08-10-2009 at 12:24 AM

Speleology is the scientific study of caves and other karst features, their make-up, structure, physical properties, history, life forms, and the processes by which they form (speleogenesis) and change over time (speleomorphology). The term speleology is also sometimes applied to the recreational activity of exploring caves, but this is more properly known as caving, spelunking or potholing. Speleology and caving are often connected, as the physical skills required for in situ study are the same.

Speleology is a cross-disciplinary field that combines the knowledge of chemistry, biology, geology, physics, meteorology and cartography to develop portraits of caves as complex, evolving systems.

answered by Loo | 08-10-2009 at 12:24 AM

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