Each volume contains an expedition report and/or
an overview of one or more caves in a specific region and country.
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Volume 20: Soqotra Karst Project (Yemen), 2000 2004.
Editor: Peter De Geest; 69 pages + 3 foldable maps, colour photo tables, numerous maps & surveys; Berlin 2006.
This volume presents a summary of the Soqotra Karst Project (SKP) - an ongoing multidisciplinary speleological investigation, focused on the island of Soqotra (Yemen). Palaeoclimate, biospeleological, archaeological and sustainable development studies are being conducted by Belgian experts in close co-operation with several Yemeni and other international project partners. This report is based on the recent "Soqotra Karst Project 2000-2004" (SKP 2005) publication that has been primarily released in Dutch and covers the six expeditions made by the SKP to Soqotra Island through December 2004. Since the first visits in 2000, a total of 28 caves have been mapped yielding 22,707 m of passageway. The longest cave explored so far is Giniba Cave at 7.5 km, while the deepest is Pit Cave
(-145 m). Twelve more caves were visited but not surveyed, however three of them were sketched. Some of the caves provide significant freshwater resources. The scientific achievements with regard to speleothem dating are briefly explained, together with the biospeleological discoveries and intriguing archaeological remains found underground. English text with an abstract summary in French, German, Dutch and Arabic.
19: Resources on the Speleology of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana
(India). Including the Union Territories Daman & Diu, Dadar &
Nagar Haveli, and the municipalties of Delhi and Chandigar
Author: Herbert Daniel Gebauer
67 pages, surveys, maps; Berlin 2005.
The entire northwest region of India is thoroughly introduced in this
volume. 129 caves and some artificial cavities are described. Many cave
maps. The volume has a 15-page bibliography and nearly 170 enlightening
footnotes. In English.
Volume 18: Resources on the Speleology of Jammu
& Kashmir State, India.
Author: Herbert Daniel Gebauer
97 pages, surveys, maps; Berlin 2005.
Better to read about it than travelling around in this west Himalayan
region, which is famous for its natural beauty but is claimed by both
India and Pakistan resulting in a continuous border conflict. All the
known 261 cave sites, karst springs as well as some man-made caves are
presented in detail in this report - thus, a unique source for future
speleological investigations as most of the caves are not mapped yet.
The caves include important Hindu pilgrim shrines like Armanath Cave.
The report has over 30 pages of bibliographical references and extensive
annotations with about 500 footnotes as well as a glossary. In English.
Volume 17: (Now in updated Vols. 28-30) Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst
of Africa. Update 1
Volume 16: The unknown North of Laos. Karst
and Caves of the Provinces Luang Phrabang and Luang Nam Tha.
Authors: J. Dreybrodt & M. Laumanns (Hrsg.)
144 pages, colour photo tables, numerous maps and surveys; Berlin 2005.
Presents the results of the only caving expeditions to northern Laos:
a Dutch trip from 2000, German expeditions in 2002/03 and 2003/04, and
a joint German-Dutch expedition in 2005. 68 caves with a total passage
length of 24.3 km were surveyed, e.g. the Tham Nam Eng cave system (3.1
km and 3.5 km) and the cave system of Tham Seua-Nam Lot (2.65 km). Includes
a detailed study of cave dwelling bats of the region and an updated biospeleogical
overview on whole Laos. In English with a German and French abstract.
Volume 15: Now included in Volume 23
Volume 14: Resources on the Speleology of Afghanistan
Author: Herbert Daniel Gebauer
166 pages, many cave surveys, maps and B&W photos; Berlin 2004.
The up-to date standard reference on karst and caves of Afghanistan. All
the known 278 Afghan caves and numerous man-made rock-chambers are presented
in detail on the basis of nearly 700 bibliographical references. Extensive
annotations with about 770 footnotes.
With a very extensive list of references, an alphabetical name register,
and with a cave list according to provinces.
Volume 13: Madagascar 1991/92 and 2003 (Bemaraha,
Namoroka and Narinda)
Authors: S. van der Schuit & M. Laumanns
72 pages, many cave surveys and colour photo tables; Berlin 2004.
A Dutch expedition to the Bemaraha karst (2003) as well as two German
projects to south Narinda (1991/92) and Namoroka (1992) are presented
in detail in this volume.
The 2003 expedition revealed 7.228 m from 14 caves, e.g. Zohy Krisitaly
(3.355 m) and Zohy Malalaky (2.166 m). 9 caves at 8.678 m were mapped
during the 1991/92 projects, including 4.630 m long Anjohibovonomby in
the Namoroka karst.
In English with a 10 page French text on the 2003 expedition.
Volume 12: Speleological Project Ghar Katalehkhor
(Zanjan / Iran)
Authors: S. Arshadi & M. Laumanns
56 pages, cave survey (atlas sheets) and colour photo tables; Berlin 2004.
In 2003 a joint Iranian-Swiss-German speleological project firmly established
Ghar Katalehkhor (Zanjan province) as the currently longest cave of Iran
at 12.860 m, 1.250 m of which are accessible for tourists.
This report gives a detailled overview about the physical speleology and
the speleogenesis of the cave, that has unique speleothems and fossil
In English with an abstract in German.
Volume 11: Included now in Volume 23
Volume 10: Iran Cave Directory (Now in updated Vol 37)
Volumes 7-9: Atlas of the
Great Caves and the Karst of Africa (Now in updated Vol 28-30)
Volume 6: German speleological campaign Cambodia
Authors: M. Denneborg, M. Laumanns, M. Schnadwinkel & St. Voigt
82 pp, photo tables and many surveys, 3 annexes; Berlin 2002.
Report on the first caving expedition ever to Cambodia - and the only
one, which has been conducted up till now. Detailled description of the
caves in the Kampot district (southern Cambodia). 11,5 km of mapped passages
in 37 caves.
In English with a French abstract.
Volume 5: Caves of Mizoram (NE-India)
Authors: H. Daniel Gebauer, Betsy Chhakchhuak &
40 pp, colour photo tables, many maps and cave surveys; Berlin 2001.
61 cave locations from the most remote Union State of India near the Burmese
border are presented in this report, which is based on two reconnaissance
projects in 1999 and 2001. With detailled topographical and cave distribution
maps in colour.
Volume 4: Speleological Project Ghar Alisadr
Authors: M. Laumanns, S. Brooks, I. Dorsten, G.
Kaufmann, M. Lopez-Correa & B. Köppen
43 pp, many b&w-photos and surveys, annexes; Berlin 2001.
In 2000/01 a German/British team explored Ghar Alisadr, which is the longest
cave of Iran at 11.440 m. This volume gives a detailled description of
Ghar Alisadr and adjacent caves.
A chapter deals with the stand of speleology in Iran.
Volume 3: Mozambique 1999
Author: Michael Laumanns
Report on the speleological project "Rio Buzi". - 43 pp, colour
photo tables and many surveys; Berlin 2001.
Full report on the second speleological expedition of Portuguese and German
cavers to Mozambique. 63 caves with overall 5,4 km of mapped passages
from the Rio Buzi region west of the port of Beira are described in detail.
In English language with a German and French abstract.
Volume 2: Mozambique 1998
Author: Michael Laumanns
Report on the European speleological project "Cheringoma 1998"
/ Relatório projecto espeleologico Europeu "Cheringoma 1998".
- 85 pp, colour photo tables and many surveys, 7 annexes; Berlin 2001.
Report on the first caving expedition ever to this East African country.
Detailled description of the caves in the Cheringoma plateau NW of the
port of Beira. 3,5 km of mapped passages in 32 caves.
Bilingual English/Portuguese with an Italian, French and German abstract.
Volume 1 Tanzania 1994 - 2000
Author: Michael Laumanns
Report on the speleological projects in the Matumbi Hills (Kilwa District),
Tanga and Zanzibar. - 67 pp, many b&w-photos and surveys, 4 annexes;
This monograph gives a full report of the only international caving expeditions
(in 1994, 1995 and 2000) that were conducted in Tanzania, which have revealed
significant caves - e.g. the Nandembo Cave System at 7.510 m the 15th
longest cave of Africa. Overall 21 km of mapped passages from 33 caves.
In English with a German and French abstract.
Iran Cave Directory, 2nd Edition Ezzatollah Raeisi & Michael Laumanns: 143 pp., many surveys and colour maps; Berlin 2009.
THE reference on karst and caves of Iran. Introduction: Geological and tectonical settings, state of speleology in Iran, general explanations. Cave surveys. Thematic tables. Geological map. The main section of the book lists and describes, in the form of a table with far more than 850 lines, all caves, which became known up till now in Iran – obtained to a great part by the translation of Persian sources that are not accessible in the Occident. Detailed list of references. In English language, with a Farsi and German abstract.
Speleological Projects 2007 and 2008 to Gabon (Central Africa) - Expéditions Spéléologiques 2007 et 2008 au Gabon (Afrique Centrale).
Trevor Frost & Olivier Testa (eds.): 68 pp., colour photo tables, many maps and surveys; Berlin 2009.
This volume covers two expeditions to southern Gabon: a French trip to the Tchibanga area in 2007 as well as a US-German expedition to Lébamba in 2008. 6.5 km of cave passages were explored in 27 caves, including the new longest cave of Gabon - the Mbenaltembe Cave System at 2,380 m of length. Includes much more information on unexplored caves in Gabon.
Resources on the Speleology of Meghalaya State, India. Part 2: Garo Hills
132 pp., colour photo tables, numerous maps and surveys; Berlin 2009.
The first regional monograph on one of the world’s most exciting caving areas in northeast India. 124 caves are presented in detail. Over 30 km of cave passages described with many open leads and unmapped galleries, even in major unexplored caves, the currently longest of which is Tetengkol (Nengkhong) at 5,681 m. An invaluable source for future speleological documentation in the Garo Hills. List of references covered by Volume 33 of this series.
International Speleological Project to Cambodia 2008 (Battambang area)
69 pages, many maps and cave surveys; Berlin 2009.
This volume represents most comprehensive study of the karst and the caves of the Battambang (NW Cambodia) area so far. 65 registered caves. 42 cave maps.
Resources on the Speleology of Meghalaya State, India. Part 1: Overview
Herbert Daniel Gebauer:152
pages, many maps and overview surveys; Berlin 2008.
This volume describes the general settings on the speleology of this “caving heaven” in NE India, where international expeditions so far have yielded hundreds of kilometres of fine cave passages. The geography, geology, hydrology, exploration history and many other basics are presented, accompanied by an incredible bibliography. The specific caving regions of Meghalaya will be covered by separate volumes in this series.
32: The Unknown North of Laos. Part
2 2006-2008: Karst and Caves of the Provinces Luang Phrabang, Luang
Nam Tha, Xieng Khouang, Houaphan and Vientiane.
Dreybrodt & Michael Laumanns;
143 pages, photoplates, numerous maps and cave surveys, Berlin, 2008.
Summary of the international expeditions to Northern Laos from 2006 to 2008.
Over 27 km of passage from 59 caves. Includes a study of water chemistry
of the Vieng Xai region caves as well as detailed biospeleology. Overview
of Laos. In English with German and French abstracts.
Vol 31: Mt. Suswa Lava Caves, Kenya (a project to map and review the tourism
potential of Mt. Suswa's principal cave group).
Checkley; 51 pages, cave surveys and maps, colour print, Berlin, 2008.
A detailed and richly illustrated classic for the enduring use of caves
for tourism in developing countries. Contains detailed geological and speleological
descriptions and numerous photos, with costed outline engineering plans
for the initial development of individual caves. Detailed descriptive tours
through the caves are also provided, to form the basis of interpretive tours
by local cave guides in the future. In English, with German and French abstracts.
Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Africa (2nd edition), 2008
Author: Michael Laumanns
3 volumes, 464 pages, hundreds of cave descriptions, numerous cave surveys
and maps; Berlin 2008. Each volume sold separately.
The caver's "Yellow Pages" on Africa. For the very first time
a whole continent is presented from a speleological point of view. Each
country is presented in detail including 3 maps (topography, geology and
karst occurrences) as well as a description of the geolocical settings,
the history of speleological exploration, a detailed list of the longest
and deepest caves (incl. surveys), a list of useful addresses and an in-depth
Vol. 28 Part 1: Introduction, Algeria - Guinea (154 pages).
Vol. 29 Part 2: Guinea-Bissau Namibia (158 pages).
Vol. 30 Part 3: Niger Zimbabwe & General References-
Guinea (152 pages)
Each volume sold separately.
Vol. 27: Resources on the Speleology of Madhya
Author: Herbert Daniel Gebauer; 158 pages, numerous
maps and surveys, Berlin, 2008.
Over 170 caves and artificial cavities, the majority of which are unexplored.
Includes cave diving potential. A classic work on North-central India. Includes
24 cave surveys, over 500 explanatory footnotes, and a 40-page annotated
Vol.26:Karst and Caves of Iraq (including the
results of a 2007 Kurdish-German speleological project and an overview
on hypogenic sulphidic speleogenesis)
Authors: Michael Laumanns, Akko Rasch & Philippe
Audra; 75 pages, numerous maps and surveys, Berlin, 2008.
The complete overview of the karst regions and caves of Iraq, including
the results of the Kurdish-German Expedition 2007 into the new longest
cave of Iraq (Kuna Kamtiea; 5,060 m). Contains a detailed account of cave
formation due to hypogenic sulphidic speleogenesis. In English, with French,
German, Kurdish and Arabic abstracts.
Karst of the Bol'shoj Tkhach (NW Caucasus, Russia)
Authors: Norbert Marwan, Oksana Yur'evna Krickaya,
Andrej Aleksandrovich Ostapenko; 60 pages, numerous maps and surveys,
An overview of the karst region of the Bolshoj
Tkhach in the North-west Caucasus, with a detailed description of the
karst phenomena as well as the caves of the region. In English, with Russian
and German abstracts.
24: (Now in updated Vols. 28-30) Atlas of the Great Caves and the Karst of Africa. Update 2:
Vol. 23: The Caves of Rwanda / Les Grottes du Rwanda. 2nd/2ème
Authors: Michael Laumanns; Silvia Schmassmann &
Hans Schmassmann-Adrian, English & French; 180 pages, Berlin 2007.
During a Rwandan-Swiss-German speleological project in 2003, nearly 10
km of cave passages were surveyed in 42 caves of the Ruhengeri province
of northwestern Rwanda. In 2004, a second international speleological
expedition of cavers from the Netherlands, USA, Kuwait and Germany resulted
in the exploration of 20 more caves with a total passage length of about
9.1 km both in the Ruhengeri and Gisenyi province. Another project was
carried out in 2007 by a Rwandan German-Dutch team. These investigations
yielded 6.1 km from 10 new caves and from some open leads that remained
unsurveyed during the 2004 expedition. All of the caves are exclusively
developed in Cenozoic volcanic rocks. The most significant findings in
2004 were lava tube caves such as Ubuvumo Manjari deux (Mutobo district,
Ruhengeri province) at 1,660 m, which is currently the third longest cave
of Rwanda, and Ubuvumo Cyamazera (Mutura district, Gisenyi province, 1,484
m). Ubuvumo Nyiragihima (Mutobo district, Ruhengeri province) was explored
to 1,116 m and is currently the ninth longest cave of the country. In
2007 the new longest cave of Rwanda was discovered Ubuvumo Bwibihonga
is a multi-level system of parallel lava tubes 4,530 m in length. Many
caves in NW Rwanda still await exploration and the potential for further
discoveries is as excellent as the co-operation with the local authorities
proved to be. *This volume is intended to replace the 2003 and 2004 project
Vol. 22: Northern Vietnam 1993 2006 (Belgian-Vietnamese speleological
projects in the provinces of Bac Kan, Ha Giang, Hoa Binh, Lai Chau and
Editors: J. Masschelein; V. Coessens; D. Lagrou;
M. Dusar & Tran Tan Van, 212 pages, Berlin 2007.
This report was compiled from the results of eight Belgian-Vietnamese
speleological expeditions to the NW of Vietnam between 1993 and 2006.
Karst and caves of five provinces were studied with the provinces of Son
La and Lai Chau having been subject of the most detailed investigations,
which have led to a long-term development project in both provinces. During
the expeditions 270 caves were explored. In total over 92 km of cave passages
were surveyed. Amongst them is Cong Nuoc Cave in the Tam Duong area at
a depth of -600 m, currently the deepest cave on the mainland of Southeast
Asia. The longest cave surveyed so far is the 2,920 m long Noong Khat.
24 caves at a length of over 1 km were found. 265 caves were mapped in
the provinces described in this publication. Two other caves were also
added to the list of investigated caves: Xa Xa Pin 2 in the Dong Van area,
surveyed by a previous Italian expedition, as well as Cau Cuoi in the
Yen Bai province. On the way between Son La and Hanoi two more caves (Co
Du and Hang Nghiem) were explored in the Moc Chau area in 1997. In 2001
a further cave (Nam Phe 1) was surveyed in the Nam Phe area of the Tam
Duong region, which is located north of the areas that were studied in
the Lai Chau province. This brings the total of described caves to the
number of 270.
Vol. 21: Resources on the Speleology of Himachal Pradesh (India).
Author: Herbert Daniel Gebauer
66 pages, surveys, maps; Berlin 2006.
The volume has a 15-page bibliography and 226 enlightening footnotes.