This book comprehensively reviews the historical background of speleology and cave research in the contexts of archaeology and natural sciences. It also offers a summary of selected topics related to the karstic terrain of Turkey. Covering 40 % of the country's surface area, Turkey's karstic terrain accommodates thousands of caves. However, understanding the geology, geomorphology, hydrology, biology, and ecosystem dynamics of these caves is still limited. Despite numerous explorations and extensive fieldwork, this is the first comprehensive publication on the topic since 1984. Caves and Karst of Turkey, Volume 1 presents the 45 most significant caves in Turkey, selected according to several criteria, including esthetical uniqueness. It covers caves of global archaeological importance, such as Karain, Yarimburgaz and Üçagızlı, and some of the world's deepest caves, such as Peynirlikönü, Kuzgun, Morca, and Çukurpınar. The book includes a survey and a detailed description of the genesis, geology, geomorphology, and exploration history for each cave.
- Speleology in Turkey
- Cave Archaeology in Turkey
- Natural Sciences in the Caves of Turkey
- 45 Interesting Caves of Turkey