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1. The scientific study of caves.
2. Exploration of caves.

[French spéléologie : Latin spēlaeum, spēlēum, cave (from Greek spēlaion) + -logie, -logy.]

spe′le·o·log′i·cal (-ə-lŏj′ĭ-kəl) adj.
spe′le·ol′o·gist n.


(ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪ) or


1. (Physical Geography) the scientific study of caves, esp in respect of their geological formation, flora and fauna, etc
2. (Individual Sports, other than specified) the sport or pastime of exploring caves
[C19: from Latin spēlaeum cave]
speleological, spelaeological adj
ˌspeleˈologist, ˌspelaeˈologist n


or spe•lae•ol•o•gy

(ˌspi liˈɒl ə dʒi)

the exploration and study of caves.
[1890–95; < Latin spēlae(um) + -o- + -logy]
spe`le•o•log′i•cal (-əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
spe`le•ol′o•gist, n.


The exploration and scientific study of caves.

speleology, spelaeology

the branch of geology that explores, studies, and describes caves. — speleologist, spelaeologist, n.speleological, spelaeological, adj.
See also: Caves


The study or exploration of caves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.speleology - the scientific study of caves
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
2.speleology - the pastime of exploring caves


[ˌspiːlɪˈɒlədʒɪ] Nespeleología f


nHöhlenkunde f, → Speläologie f (spec)
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Four new caves and two other discoveries from an underground space were discovered by Slovak speleologists in Slovensky Kras during the summer.
A group of speleologists has discovered three new caves in North Sharqiyah and Dakhliyah, adding to the number of new caves discovered in the recent past.
In a statement to SANA, Roula Nou'ma, from the tourism Center in al-Mashta, said that al-Dawayat Cave is considered the oldest cave in Syria and it was first discovered by a shepherd in 1914, adding that in 1956, a team of scientists and speleologists conducted an exploratory visit to the site.
She is one of a group of hobby divers and speleologists, wearing dry suits and carrying double cylinders of compressed gas on their backs, who then descend into the gloomy waters, the light from their torches gradually fading out of view.
The deepest locations were only accessible by very experienced speleologists with self-contained breathing apparatuses due to low oxygen content, extreme temperatures, and hazardous concentrations of other gases.
This stopped many speleologists -- studiers of caves -- until Sami Karkabi, a founding member of the Speleo Club, scaled the wall, which eventually took his name: "Falaise Karkabi." This feat, along with the discovery of a new route, allowed for people to go as far as 6,500 meters into the complex.
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# Exploring a cave at Suva Gora, speleologists found human remains, a fragment of an activated projectile for a hand rocket launcher, a hunting rifle and several pieces of clothes and reported them to the police.
I fully intended to take a picture the next day and a) tell the council how lethal their roads were; and b) invite the nation's speleologists to come and explore the new subterranean network opening up under Hunts Cross.
Thanks to the trailblazing work of speleologists and other scientists belonging to La Venta Geographical Association (La Venta Esplorazioni Geografeche, website: http://www.laventa.it/en/palawan) that explored Palawan in 2007, 2008 and 2011, the sirenia fossil proved to be a rare find.