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speleology

(spē′lē-ŏl′ə-jē)
n.
1. The scientific study of caves.
2. Exploration of caves.

spe′le·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
spe′le·ol′o·gist n.
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One of the principal questions for speleologists and karstologists is how old is the karst cave they explore.
The women represent a wide range of scientific disciplines, including physical, earth and life sciences--from ecologists, biologists and astronomers to volcanologists, speleologists and crystallographers.
In our study, most bat colonies were found in sites that are frequently visited by speleologists, tourists, and bat-lovers.
220 The magnificent Diamond Cave in Phra Nang Krabi (Thailand) is one of the thousands of caves that have been explored by speleologists. Speleological exploration, which began in central Europe in the 17th century and several centuries before in China, has shown the surprisingly large area and extent of the subterranean world.
Speleologists (cave scientists) are examining the bottom of known caves to identify the deepest caves on Earth.
The year was 1958, and she and her husband, Russell, both world-renowned speleologists who had investigated many of the world's most remarkable subterranean environments, had come to Puerto Rico at the invitation of a friend who assured them that the island had more than its share of caves.
The frightening spectacle awaiting him at the bottom is described by Morovich in exactly the same terms used by speleologists in describing the content of 'foibe' in their reports.
Brady assembled a team of investigators that included seasoned cave explorers known as speleologists, a term intended to distinguish them from more casual cave explorers, or spelunkers.
Scientists who study this fascinating underground world, and the organisms that live there, are called speleologists (spee-lee-ahl-ehjests) after the study of caves - speleology.
Jenkins and Burkhead (1994) discussed the absence of cave fishes in eastern Tennessee and western Virginia and noted that some speleologists have specifically looked for cave fishes in the region.
Four speleologists (specialists in caves) worked with them for the first week to investigate accusations of mass burials in the many caves of Rwanda.
The speleologists of this underground slaughter wander from one room to another, each time finding the same spectacle.