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speleology

speleology (spēlēŏl´əjē), systematic exploration of caves, popularly called spelunking. It includes the measuring and mapping of caves and reporting on the flora and fauna found in them. One application of speleology is the tracing of the movement of underground waters to prevent water pollution.

See R. Pinney, The Complete Book of Cave Exploration (1962); D. R. McClurg, The Amateur's Guide to Caves and Caving (1973); W. R. Halliday, American Caves and Caving (1974); R. D. Ford, ed., The Science of Speleology (1976).

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speleology

spe·le·ol·o·gy / ˌspēlēˈäləjē/ • n. the study or exploration of caves. DERIVATIVES: spe·le·o·log·i·cal / ˌspēlēəˈläjikəl/ adj. spe·le·ol·o·gist / -jist/ n.

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speleology Scientific study of caves and cave systems. Included also are the hydrological and geological studies of the formation of stalagmites and stalactites, and the influence of groundwater conditions on cave formation.

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