Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 27 Number 1: 1-10 - January 1965

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Influence of Surface Conditions on Temperatures in Large Cave Systems
J.B. Cropley


Temperature data recorded by the West Virginia Association for Cave Studies between February and November, 1963, show that the influence of outside weather conditions extends for several thousand feet into large cave systems which have complex stream and air-flow patterns. Contrary to the popularly-help viewpoint, cave temperatures are not necessarily constant - or even approximately so - but may vary widely. Mathematical relationships which may be used to predict temperatures in caves are presented.

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