The NSS Bulletin - ISSN 1090-6924
Volume 53 Number 2: 71-82 - December 1991

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Large Maze Caves in Gypsum in the Western Ukraine: Speleogenesis Under Artesian Conditions
Alexander B. Klimchouk


The problem of speleogenesis under artesian conditions is considered in this article, with special reference to the gypsum maze caves in the western Ukraine. Previous speleogenetic interpretations for this region are critically reviewed. New evidence, models, and theoretical background are presented for multi-level artesian maze caves in platform settings. It is shown that dispersed upward recharge from an underlying aquifer is responsible for development of maze caves in the western Ukraine.

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