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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 11 Jul, 2012
Hello everyone!   I pleased to invite you to the official site of Central Asian Karstic-Speleological commission ("Kaspeko")   There, we regularly publish reports about our expeditions, articles and reports on speleotopics, lecture course for instructors, photos etc. ...

New publications on hypogene speleogenesis

Klimchouk on 26 Mar, 2012
Dear Colleagues, This is to draw your attention to several recent publications added to KarstBase, relevant to hypogenic karst/speleogenesis: Corrosion of limestone tablets in sulfidic ground-water: measurements and speleogenetic implications Galdenzi,

The deepest terrestrial animal

Klimchouk on 23 Feb, 2012
A recent publication of Spanish researchers describes the biology of Krubera Cave, including the deepest terrestrial animal ever found: Jordana, Rafael; Baquero, Enrique; Reboleira, Sofía and Sendra, Alberto. ...

Caves - landscapes without light

akop on 05 Feb, 2012
Exhibition dedicated to caves is taking place in the Vienna Natural History Museum   The exhibition at the Natural History Museum presents the surprising variety of caves and cave formations such as stalactites and various crystals. ...

Did you know?

That polje is (slavic word for field.) 1. a large, flat floored depression in karst limestone, whose long axis is developed parallel to major structural trends and can reach tens of kilometers in length. superficial deposits tend to accumulate on the floor. drainage may be by either surface watercourses (when the polje is said to be open) or swallow holes (a 'closed' polje.) their development is encouraged by any impedance in the karst drainage [19]. 2. polje or karst polje signifies the flatbottomed lands of closed basins which may extend over large areas, as much as 1,000 km2. the flat floor of the polje may consist of bare limestone, of a nonsoluble formation (and so with rolling topography), or of soil. the polje will show complex hydrogeological characteristics such as exsurgences, swallow holes, estavelles, and lost rivers. in colloquial use, the term polje is applied to flat-bottomed lands which are overgrown or are under cultivation [20]. 3. large flat-floored closed karst depression, with sharp slope breaks between the commonly alluviated floor and the marginal limestone. streams or springs drain into poljes and outflow is underground through ponors. commonly the ponors cannot transmit flood flows, so many poljes turn into wet-season lakes. the form of some poljes is related to the geological structure, but others are purely the projects of lateral dissolution and planation. the dinaric karst has many poljes; the livansko polje is around 60km long and 7km wide. the word is slovene (common also to other slav languages) for a field, reflecting the agricultural value of the alluvial polje floor soils [9]. synonym: interior valley; (french.) polje; (german.) polje; (greek.) polye; (italian.) polje; (russian.) polje; (spanish.) polje; (turkish.) golova, polye; (yugoslavian.) polje. see also karst polje.?

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26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science

Dates: From 18 Jun, 2018 till 22 Jun, 2018
Location: Postojna, Slovenia

Since 1993, the International Karstological School "Classical Karst" has been organised annually, covering many aspects of karst research. This year we will focus on research related to caves dedicated to tourism (show caves). The main aim is to present and discuss a wide range of speleological issues addressed by different scientific and technical disciplines that are deeply involved in sustainable show cave management (morphology, biology, meteorology, nature conservation...), the monitoring of natural conditions and tourist-related activities in show caves. We believe that there are many good and bad practices of adapting caves for tourism worldwide to discuss and to evaluate the role of science - at least at Classical Karst we have opportunity to share knowledge accumulated in nearly 200 years of using the Postojna Cave System for tourism.

More info at http://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/.

 

12th EuroSpeleo Forum
23 Aug, 2018 - 26 Aug, 2018, Ebensee / AUSTRIA
12th EuroSpeleo Forum in Ebensee / AUSTRIA The Austrian Speleological Association and the Speleological Society of Ebensee would like to welcome all cavers in the heart of the lake district „Salzkammergut“ The EuroSpeleo Forum (ESF) is Europe's premier speleological event under the aegis of the European Speleological Federation The congress will be held on the 23rd - 26th of August 2018 The motto of the congress "Speleology - Connecting Science" refers to the function of cave reserach as a link and point of intersection for different fields of science and knowledge Ebensee - a town of 8 000 inhabitants - is not only known for its long cultural history and natural beauty, but also for high amount of caves (around 200) surrounding the city. ...
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ICSD 2018 : 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 12 - 13 September 2018 Rome, Italy
12 Sep, 2018 - 13 Sep, 2018, Rome, Italy
  European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University will organize the 6th ICSD 2018 Rome, Italy in the days:Wednesday 12 to Thursday 13 September,2018 The 6th ICSD 2018 will be an excellent opportunity to share your ideas and research findings relevant to the Sustainability Science,through the European network of academics Papers will be published in EJSD Journal(Thompson Reuters) and Proceedings The Conference theme is: "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education" This ambition will proceed in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives, through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of Sustainable Development This interdisciplinary forum is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in—and concern for— sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect. ...
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