The titles on this page link to resources that are of interest to the Texas caving community. If you have a non-commercial link you believe is useful to cavers that you'd like to see added, please e-mail the webmaster.


Anchialine Caves and Cave Biology:
Texas A&M University at Galveston

Anchialine (from Greek meaning "near the sea") refers to coastal caves formed in limestone or volcanic rock that are flooded with seawater. This is Dr. Tom Iliffe's site for information about Anchialine Caves and Cave Biology. A must see for the scientific mind.

Bat Conservation International
BCI's mission is to teach people the value of bats, to protect and conserve critical bat habitats, and to advance scientific knowledge through research. The site has extensive information on the bats of the world.

Cave Biology
An interesting cave biology site from Dr. Jayant Biswas, in India. Information on cave biology from around the world.

Texas Cave Critters
A comprehensive introduction to all facets of cave biology in Texas.

Texas Natural Science Center Collections
Listing of the species collections held at the University of Texas at Austin at the TNHC facility at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus at the University of Texas at Austin.

NSS's White Nose Syndrome Page
Provides up-to-date information on the disease decimating US bat populations; frequent updates.


Guidebook of the Geology of Travis County
An oldie but goodie.

Caves: A Window Into The Edwards Aquifer
Educational website on cave and karst in Texas, including materials suitable for K-12.

Listservs and Other Media

Texas Cavers Mailing List
This privately-owned forum has been established to aid in the distribution of cave-related information in support of the aims and goals of the Texas Speleological Association (however, Texascavers is neither owned nor operated by the TSA). It's designed to keep cavers informed about latest developments and current events in Texas and the rest of the caving world. Texascavers supported through donations from various and sometime notorious and anonymous speleological entities.

CAVERNET is funded solely and maintained by Bill Bentley and is dedicated for the advancement and enjoyment of cavers throughout the world. It lists e-mail addresses and caving website links to cavers around the world.

U.S. Cavers Forum
Discussion boards for every aspect of caving in the United States.

Worldwide Caving News Network
The best caving-related news and RSS feeds from around the globe. Daily Update.

International Union of Speleology
The UIS is a non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes the development of interaction between academic and technical speleologists of a wide range of nationalities to develop and coordinate international speleology in all of its scientific, technical, cultural and economic aspects. It was founded in 1965, growing out of a series of international congresses held every four years since 1949. The website has a world calendar of cave events.

Libraries, Data Archives, Maps, and GIS Data

Karst Information Portal
Karst Information Portal is a digital, on-line library sponsored by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute that links karst scientists, managers and explorers with digital resources concerning karst environments.

United States Geological Survey
The USGS is the national geoscience organization providing information on natural resources, natural hazards and environmental conditions of the nation’s ecosystems, including numerous cave and karst studies and development of the National Karst Map. Free topographic maps may be downloaded from its website, as well as various other maps and publications on the stratigraphy of the state. See

Historic Map Collection
The Perry-Castañeda Library at the University of Texas at Austin has a collection of historic topographic maps of Texas available online for free.

Other Map Utilities

Caving Dictionaries Online

Educational and Miscellaneous

Texas Park and Wildlife Media
Includes video presentations on various aspects of Texas ecology, including caves and caving.

Caving Technology Website Presentations of various technology used in caving. Note particularly the information on the "Frog Ascending System," which is a vertical system of choice for many Texas caver.