Missouri Speleology

 Missouri Speleology   Journal of the Missouri Speleological Survey, Inc  

For over 50 years, developments in Missouri survey, speleology and cave technology have been covered in Missouri Speleology, the journal of the MSS.

From how to map a cave, to detailed geologic reports, from what cave systems exist to proving the existence of cave biota, Missouri Speleology has provided accurate information in an easily readable format.

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A Note on Cave Descriptions and Locations:  An original intention of Missouri Speleology was to publish descriptions of all the known caves in Missouri, as well as to create a venue to publish topical papers related to various aspects of speleology in Missouri.  In 1956, when the MSS was founded there were less than 500 known caves in Missouri.  Over time, as the number of documented caves grew the goal of publishing a description for each cave waned.  

Today, there are over 7,000 documented caves in Missouri.  While issues are still published regularly which describe caves or various aspects of speleology, each issue tends to have a more specific focus than the traditional county-wide issues.  In addition, the MSS maintains a highly detailed database of caves which contains far more comprehensive information on Missouri caves than can be found in Missouri Speleology.   

In 1963 the MSS revised its policy of publishing issues with cave locations.  This policy was published in Volume 5 Number 1. Later,the policy was expanded upon and explained further in Volume 6 Number 2.  Today, we still largely abide by those same policies and do not print cave locations in our publications in order to protect the cave and cave resources and to respect the sanctity of landower relations.  

Unfortunately, once cave locations are released, there's no getting them back and over the years we've seen considerable destruction to Missouri caves and cave resources due to unscrupulous individuals and groups.  Please remember that knowledge of a cave's location does not grant permission to enter it.  If your interest in past issues of Missouri Speleology is to comb through them looking for directions to caves, you'll be largely disappointed.  Our earliest issues may have some very vague locational descriptions but likely not enough to help navigate directly to a cave.  Instead, the best way to learn about where caves are is to contact us and get involved in organized caving through one of our affiliate organizations.  

Cave locations are shared with cooperators for specific purposes. This does not include recreational caving; however, recreational caving and caving with a copacetic purpose is largely distinguished by simply coming away from the trip with some data that contributes to our records or to the cave's well being, including biological observations, cave descriptions, etc. With that in mind, nearly anyone can contribute and cooperate.

LISTING OF ISSUES OF MISSOURI SPELEOLOGY

Volume 1   Number 1

1959

A Preliminary Study of the Ecology of Some Benton County Cave
The Caves of Barry and Benton Counties, Missouri
Volume 1   Number 2 1959

 

The Folklore and History of Some Boone County Caves
Geologic Observations at Ralphord Cave, Boone County
The Caves of Boone County, Missouri
Abstract:  Cave Pearls in a Cave Near Columbia, Missouri

Volume 1   Number 3 1959

Introductory Report on the Mineralogy of Carroll Cave
Size Determination of Caves in Maries, Phelps and Pulaski Counties
The Caves of Callaway and Camden Counties, Missouri

Volume 1    Number 4 1959

Genesis of a Ceiling Channel in the Devils Icebox, Boone County
The Caves of Carter, Christian, Cole and Crawford Counties, Missouri

Volume 2    Number 1 1960

The Flora and Fauna of Cat Hollow Cave
X-Ray Analysis of Some Missouri Cave Clays
The Caves of Dallas, Dent and Douglas Counties, Missouri

Volume 2   Number 2 1960

Preliminary List of Troglobites of Missouri
Criteria for Cave Naming
The Caves of Franklin County, Missouri

Volume 2   Number 3 1960

Troglobitic Millipedes of Missouri
The Caves of Gasconade, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, and Laclede Counties, Missouri

Volume 2   Number 4 1960

Cave Map Symbols
The Caves of Lincoln, Madison, Maries, and Marion Counties, Missouri/Map 
Poisonous Snakes in Missouri Caves
Natural Gemstones in a Missouri Cave

Volume 3   Number 1 1961

The Design of a Rangefinder for Cave Mapping

Volume 3   Number 2 1961

The Caves of Miller County, Missouri

Volume 3   Number 3 1961

The Caves of Moniteau, Morgan, Monroe, and Montgomery Counties, Missouri 

Volume 3    Number 4 1961

Influence of Jointing on Cavern Development in Miller County, Missouri
Caves of Oregon and Osage Counties, Missouri/Jointing Miller Co

Volume 4    Number 1-2 1962

Cave Mapping: A Systematic Approach

Volume 4   Number 3 1962

The Formation of Cave Pearls
An Unusual Population of Salamanders in a Small Cave
A Speleo-Biology Research Cave
A Method of Marking Salamanders

Volume 4   Number 4 1962

Caves in the Geologic Column
Review of "Missouri's Ice Age Mammals
Abstract:  Origin and Development of Cave Spring, Shannon County, Missouri

Volume 5   Number 1 1963

The Caves of Phelps County, Missouri

Volume 5   Number 2-3 1963

The Caves of Pike County, Missouri
A Comparative Study of Pleistocene Woodchucks from a Cave in Pulaski County, Missouri

Volume 5   Number 4 1963

The Dire Wolf in Missouri

Volume 6   Number 1 1964

Stratigraphy of Detrital Fills of Carroll Cave, Camden County, Missouri

Volume 6   Number 2 1964 New MSS Policy on Cave Locations
Caves of Pulaski County
Volume 6   Number 3 1964

A History of Cherokee Cave                                                                                                                 A Foundation Investigation of Cherokee Cave
Cherokee Cave Report
Cherokee Cave Bone Deposit, St Louis, Missouri

Volume 6   Number 4 1964

The Mechanics of Banding Bats
Bats and Biologists
Bands and Bats
Additional Notes on Cherokee Cave

Volume 7   Number 1 1965

New MSS Policy on Cave Locations
Caves of Ralls County, Missouri
Review:  Helectite, Journal of Australasian Cave Research

Volume 7   Number 2 1965

Caves of St Charles and St Clair County, Missouri

Volume 7   Number 3 1965

Caves of Ste Genevieve County, Missouri

Volume 7   Number 4 1965

A Preliminary Report on the Fossil Pleistocene Mammals from Perry County Caves
Onyx Mining in Missouri

Volume 8   Number 1 1966

Caves of St Louis County, Missouri

Volume 8   Number 2 1966

Memorial Issue: Maurice G Mehl
Notes on Missouri Pleistocene Peccaries

Volume 8   Number 3 1966

10th Anniversary  of the Missouri Speleogical Survey:  A Status Report
History of the Missouri Speleological Survey
MSS Biological Investigations:  The First Ten Years
Cave Mapping:  1956-1966
Speleology in Missouri

Volume 8   Number 4 1966

Caves of Shannon County, Missouri

Volume 9   Number 1 1967

The Parasitic Mites of the Gray Bat 
The Fauna Maze Cave

Volume 9   Number 2 1967

Caves of Stoddard and Stone County, Missouri
Cave Map Symbols (Revised 1967)

Volume 9   Number 3 1967

Caves of Texas and Warren Counties, Missouri

Volume 9   Number 4 1967

Caves of Washington County

Volume 10   Number 1 1968

A Foundation Problem in Cavernous Dolomite Terrain, Pulaski County, Missouri
Relation of a Chert Zone to Development of Devils Icebox, Boone County, Missouri

Volume 10   Number 2 1968

Cave Regions of the Ozarks(Reprint of Luella Agnes Owen's Book) 

Volume 10   Number 3 1968

Guidebook to Selected Caves in Southwestern Missouri, 25th Annual NSS Convention

Volume 10   Number 4 1968

Guide to the Amphibians of Missouri

Volume 11   Number 1-2 1970

A History of the Caves of Camden County, Missouri

Volume 11   Number 3 1970

Possible Former Entrance to Devils Icebox, Boone County, Missouri 
Historic Caves of St Louis, Missouri

Volume 11   Number 4 1970

Caves of Wayne and Wright Counties, Missouri
Notes on the Canoes in Keener Cave, Wayne County

Volume 12   Number 1 1971

Caves of Jefferson County, Missouri

Volume 12   Number 2 1971

Pit Caves of Jefferson County, Missouri

Volume 12   Number 3 1971

Sandstone Caves of Jefferson County, Missouri
Sandstone Shelter Caves in Shelter Hollow, Jefferson County, Missouri

Volume 12   Number 4 1971

Status of the Gray Bat in Missouri Caves

Volume 13   Number 1 1973

Caves of Laclede County, Missouri

Volume 13   Number 2 1973

An Investigation into Ground Water Pollution in Caves

Volume 13   Number 3 1973

Report of the Devils Icebox-Rockbridge Park Conservation Task 

Volume 13   Number 4 1973

Geology of Twin Pit Cave, Boone County, Missouri
Cellular Slime Molds from Ozark Underground Laboratory, Taney County, Missouri

Volume 14   Number 1 1974

Meramec Valley Symposium, Meramec River, Caves and Bats, Mussels, Flatwater Recreation, Faults, Linears, Solutional Functions of Karst, Spring Resources Meramec River Basin

Volume 14   Number 2 1974

Groundwater Problems in Southwest Missouri and Northwest  Arkansas 
Appendix:  Regulations for the Disposal of Wastewater in Subdivisions

Volume 14   Number 3 1974

The Availability of Energy in Bat Guano to a Population of Millipedes
Determination of the Range of the Tumbling Creek Snail
Comparisons of Aquatic Micro-habitats in a Cave

Volume 14   Number 4 1974

The Invertebrate Fauna of Mystery Cave, Perry County, Missouri 

Volume 15   Number 1   1975

A Pleistocene Fauna from Zoo Cave, Taney County, Missouri 

Volume 15   Number 2 1975

A Checklist of the Invertebrate Species Recorded from Missouri Subterranean Habitats

Volume 15   Number 3 1975

Caves of Christian County, Missouri (Eastern Half)

Volume 15    Number 4 1975

Caves of Christian County, Missouri (Western Half)

Volume 16   Number 1-2 1976

Hydrogeologic Controls of Solution of Carbonate Rocks in Christian County, Missouri

Volumer 16   Number 3 1976

Water Tracer's Cookbook

Volume 16   Number 4 1976

A Biological Study of Cathedral Cave, Crawford County, Missouri

Volume 17   Number 1-2 1977

Caves of Reynolds and Shannon Counties, Missouri
The "Conglomerate Room", Crevice Cave, Perry County, Missouri

Volume 17   Number 3-4 1977

Archaeological Investigations: Cave Explorations in the Ozark Region of Central Missouri
Appendix:  Information on present names of the caves visited by Fowke
Summary of Information and Activities of Member Organizations

Volume 18   Number 1-4 1978

Ozark Hydrology:  A Predictive Model

Volume 19   Number 1-2 1979

Hydrogeology of the North Fork Basin

Volume 19   Number 3-4 1979

J Harlen Bretz:  A Geologist's Encounters with Missouri Caves

Volume 20   Number 1-2 1980

An Introduction to Caving:  A Guide for Beginners (Revised and reprinted August 1992)

Volume 20   Number 3-4 1980

An Introduction to Map Reading (Revised 1992)

Volume 21   Number 1-2 1981

An Introduction to Cave Mapping (2nd edition)

Volume 21   Number 3-4 1981

Caves of Crawford County
Quaternary Vertebrates from Carroll Cave, Camden County, Missouri
Behavioral Studies on the Amblyopsidae:  The Cave, Spring and Swamp Fish

Volume 22   Number 1-2 1982

Caves of the Jack Fork Valley

Volume 22   Number 3-4 1982

Caves of the Current River Valley

Volume 23   Number 1-4 1983

The Wild Caves of Camden County, Missouri

Volume 24   Number 1-2 1984

Caves of Oregon County, Missouri
A Study of Quaternary Black Bears from Missouri Caves etc
Criteria for Cave Naming

Volume 24   Number 3-4 1984

The Gray Bat in Missouri:  A Review of the Literature

Volume 25   Number 1-4 1985

Proceedings of the 1984 National Cave Management  Symposium including:
Cave Resource Protection; Computers in Cave Management; Management Overviews;
Hydrology; Information & Promotion; Historical Perspective in Cave Management
Cave Biology; New Perspectives in Cave Management; Cave Rescue
Interpreting the Resource; Paleontology/Archaeology

Volume 26   Number 1-2 1986

Remains of Quaternary Vertebrates from Ozark Caves and  Other Miscellaneous Sites

Volume 26   Number 3-4 1986

Origin and Development of Cave Spring, Shannon County, Missouri

Voume 27   Number 1-4 1987

The Commercial Caves of Camden County, Missouri

Volume 28   Number 1-4 1988

Mystery Cave (System) including Carbon Dioxide in Mystery Cave, Perry County, Missouri

Volume 29   Number 1-4 1989

Rimstone River Cave, Perry County, Missouri

Volume 30   Number 1-2 1990

The Effect of Faulting on Missouri Caves

Volume 30   Number 3-4 1990 1990, The Year of the Cave (5,000 Caves Issue)
Volume 31   Number 1-4 1991

The Art of Cave Mapping

Volume 32   Number 1-3 1992

Caves of Dent County, Missouri

Volume 32   Number 4 1992

Large Springs of The Upper Current and Jack's Fork Basins
Spring Flow Notes on Missouri Springs
Characteristics of Divable Springs in Missouri

Volume 33   Number 1-4 1993

Caves and Cave Wildlife in a Mineral Prospecting Area,  Oregon and Shannon Counties, Missouri

Volume 34   Number 1-2 1994

Morphology of the Stinson Cave System, Lawrence County, Missouri 
Geology and Morphology of the Ruark Cave Area, Lawrence County, Missouri 

Volume 34   Number 3-4 1994

Smittle Cave, Wright County, Missouri  
Welch Cave, Wright County, Missouri  

Volume 35   Number 1-4 1995

Rimstone River Cave (History)

Volume 36   Number 1-2 1996

Honey Branch Cave, Douglas County, Missouri

Volume 36   Number 3-4 1996

Geology & Morphology of Brown's Cave, Douglas County, Missouri

Volume 37   Number 1-2 1997

The Wild Caves of Benton County, Missouri

Volume 37   Number 3-4 1997

Project Caven (The Story of a Cave-Based Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pulaski County, Missouri)

Volume 38   Number 1-4 1998

Cave Sediments and the Geomorphic History of the Ozarks

Volume 39   Number 1-2 1999

Sedimentation in Missouri Caves

Volume 39   Number 3 1999

A Hydrologic Geochemical Model of the Devils Icebox Basin

Volume 39   Number 4 1999

Geochemistry of the Springs of Missouri/Data Management
Flaws in MSS Data Management:  A Case History

Volume 40   Number 1-4 2000 The Shelter Cave of Barton, Bates and Vernon Counties, Missouri
Volume 41   Number 1-4 2001

The Great Below  (A Geography of Caves by University of Missouri-Columbia Students, 
1) Passions for the Underground:  writings of Missouri Cave Students
2) Paradise, Underworld, and Frontier:  The Cave and Human Imagination
3) The Human Impact of Speleothems:  A Missouri Caver's Perspectives on Caving
4) From Capitalism to Conservationism:  The Twentieth-Century Shift in Dominant Perceptions
5) Cave Characteristics:  A Sample from the Chouteau Grotto

Volume 42   Number 1-2 2002

Geologic Framework of the Ozarks of South-central Missouri
Geologic Controls in the Development of Caves in the South-central Ozarks of Missouri
Variation in the Response of Spring Basins to Storm Events

Volume 42   Number 3-4 2002

Aqueous Geochemical Study of a Calcite-Depositing Ozark Creek: Tufa Creek, Shannon County, Missouri

Volume 43   Number 1 2003

Geography & Biology of Caves on the Mark Twain National Forest, Eleven Point District, Missouri, Phase 2

Volume 43   Number 2 2003

Geography & Biology of Caves on the Mark Twain National Forest, Eleven Point District, Missouri, Caves A-G

Volume 43   Number 3 2003

Geography & Biology of Caves on the Mark Twain National Forest, Eleven Point District, Missouri, Caves H-Z

Volume 43   Number 4 2003 Geography & Biology of Caves on the Mark Twain National Forest, Eleven Point District, Missouri, Discussion, Refs & Maps
Volume 44   Number 1-4 2004

The Caves of Ha Ha Tonka State Park

Volume 45   Number 1 2005

Caves of St. Louis County, Missouri

Volume 45   Number 2 2005

The Springs of St. Louis

Volume 45   Number 3 2005

The Springs of Gravois Creek, St. Louis County, Missouri

Volume 46   Number 1 2006

New Cave Maps of 2005

Volume 46   Number 2 2006

Tex Yokum Chronicles - Part I

Volume 46   Number 3 2006

Tex Yokum Chronicles - Part II

Volume 46   Number 4 2006

Tex Yokum Chronicles - Part III

Volume 47   Number 1 2007

New Cave Maps of 2006

Volume 47   Number 2-4 2007

Aquatic and Flood-Zone Cave Communities Aong the Lower Current River:  Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri

Volume 48   Number 1 2008

New Cave Maps of 2007

Volume 48   Number 2-4 2008

Baseline Biological Inventory of Public Use Caves:  Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri

Volume 49   Number 1 2009

New Cave Maps of 2008

Volume 49   Number 2-4 2009

An Inventory of Caves:  Harry S. Truman Dam & Reservoir

Volume 50   Number 1 2010

New Cave Maps of 2009

Volume 50   Number 2-3 2010

Recharge Delineation for Garrison Cave #2, Christian County, Missouri                                                 Reworked Loess and Red Clays in Missouri Caves:  A Comparative Compositional Study  

Volume 50   Number 4 2010

An Analysis of the Eurycea Hybrid Zone in Eastern Missouri

Volume 51   Number 1 2011

New Cave Maps of 2010

Volume 51   Number 2 2011

Delineating Recharge Areas for Onondaga and Cathedral Caves Using Groundwater Tracing Techniques

Volume 51  Number 3-4 2011

Amplified Fragment Length Plymorphism (AFLP) Fingerprint Analysis of Hybrid Salamanders in the Missouri Caverns Section of Onondaga Cave

Volume 52   Number 1 2012

The Battle of Sinkhole

Volume 52   Number 2-3 2012

Garrison Cave #2:  Southwest Missouri's Longest Known Cave

Volume 52   Number 4 2012

The Flippen Cave Gating:  A Public-Private Partnership

Volume 53 2013

The Missouri Speleological Survey: A Public and Private Effort at the Cooperative Study of Missouri Caves

Volume 54 2014

Crevice Cave Biology:  A Cave Research Foundation Study 2006-2008

Volume 55 2016

Ozark National Scenic Riverways Bat Survey:  Winter 2002-2003 - A Cave Research Foundation Study

Volume 56

2017 Caves of the North Fork Basin I

                         

 

 

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