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21st Intern. Karstological School "Classical Karst": Hypogene Speleogenesis (between theory and reality…)

Dates: From 10 Jun, 2013 till 14 Jun, 2013
Location: Postojna, Slovenia
Organisation: Karst Research Institute SAZU
Contact: Dr. Bojan Otoničar
Registration URL: Click to open
Registration deadline: 30 Apr, 2013



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Since  1993,  International  Karstological  Schools  have  been  organised,  covering  many  aspects  of  karst research. The basic idea of the School has been to present the state of the art in selected topics and promote discussion between participants via set of lectures, poster sessions and related field trips to the area of Slovene Classical karst.

In the last decade, hypogene speleologenetic processes have attracted attention of speleological community. Many previously epigenic caves have been reinterpreted as hypogene. Some basic publications on the topic have triggered doubts and debates because similar cave patterns and wall rock features considered as hypogene can be formed also under other conditions. Therefore, the aim of the 21th IKS is to present basic hydrogeological and chemical principles and processes of hypogene speleogenesis as well as geological conditions leading to it.   Special attention will be paid to the geometry of cave passages and wall rock features   which are often interpreted as hypogene, but could have as well formed otherwise, such as in meteoric flood-water conditions or by dissolution in contact with sediment.

The participants will get answers to the following questions:

  • what is the hypogene speleogenesis,
  • which are typical and necessary geological conditions for the hypogene speleogenesis,
  • which physicochemical processes are important for the hypogene speleogenesis
  • which forms are characteristic only for the hypogene speleogenesis
  • how to distinguish hypogenetic and epigenetic caves

The work will include

  • Invited keynote lectures covering wide range of topic
  • Selected lectures by other participants
  • poster presentations
  • fieldwork

The topics will cover

  • hypogene speleogenesis (hydrogeology, chemistry, geology and forms)
  • similarities and distinction between hypogenic and epigenic caves
  • hypogene speleogensis in gypsum
  • speogenesis in artesian basins
  • thermal and hydrothermal caves
  • minerals related to hypogene speleogenesis

Who should be interesting in participating:

Senior and junior karst researchers, students, managers of karst resources and other people interested in karst phenomena.

Program outline





Monday, June 10th


Poster session


Tuesday, June 11th


Field trip


Wednesday, June 12th


Field trip


Thursday, June 13th

Whole day excursion

Gala reception

Friday, June 14th

Departure, optional field trip



The registration will be opened on February 15th  and closed on April 30th. Registration will be only online,

payment instructions will be given on the web site. Registration fee must be covered at registration. Link to registration and other information will be active at the Institute’s web site starting February 15th.


The  registration  fee  is  125  EUR.  It  includes  conference  materials,  refreshments  during  coffee  breaks, participation at gala reception and at all excursions. The fee for the undergraduate students is 25 EUR.

The official language of the event is English and Slovene. The abstracts must be submitted in English along

with the registration. The participant's preferred mode of presentation (i.e. poster/oral) will be considered by the organiser. Selected papers will be published in Acta Carsologica.

The Second Circular including the detailed programme of the School will be out by May 10th, 2013.

The School is supported by:

Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, Scientific Research Centre SAZU, Commune of Postojna.


All the information are available at: KARST RESEARCH INSTITUTE ZRC SAZU Titov trg 2

SI - 6230 Postojna

Tel.: (+386) 5 70 019 00; Fax: (+386) 5 70 019 99; E-mail:


Principal contacts:

Dr. Bojan Otoničar,

Dr. Franci Gabrovšek,

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