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Speleology in Kazakhstan

Shakalov on 04 Jul, 2018
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 organic is pertaining to anything that is or ever was alive or produced by a living plant or animal. organic material brought into the cave from outside is virtually the only source of food for cave dwellers [23].?

Checkout all 2699 terms in the KarstBase Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

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Chemistry and Karst, White, William B.
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Mushroom Speleothems: Stromatolites That Formed in the Absence of Phototrophs, Bontognali, Tomaso R.R.; D’Angeli Ilenia M.; Tisato, Nicola; Vasconcelos, Crisogono; Bernasconi, Stefano M.; Gonzales, Esteban R. G.; De Waele, Jo
Calculating flux to predict future cave radon concentrations, Rowberry, Matt; Marti, Xavi; Frontera, Carlos; Van De Wiel, Marco; Briestensky, Milos
Microbial mediation of complex subterranean mineral structures, Tirato, Nicola; Torriano, Stefano F.F;, Monteux, Sylvain; Sauro, Francesco; De Waele, Jo; Lavagna, Maria Luisa; D’Angeli, Ilenia Maria; Chailloux, Daniel; Renda, Michel; Eglinton, Timothy I.; Bontognali, Tomaso Renzo Rezio
Evidence of a plate-wide tectonic pressure pulse provided by extensometric monitoring in the Balkan Mountains (Bulgaria), Briestensky, Milos; Rowberry, Matt; Stemberk, Josef; Stefanov, Petar; Vozar, Jozef; Sebela, Stanka; Petro, Lubomir; Bella, Pavel; Gaal, Ludovit; Ormukov, Cholponbek;
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Workshop "Future Directions in Karst Research"

Dates: From 03 May, 2007 till 05 May, 2007
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Workshop Description

We would like to invite you to a workshop on ?Future Directions in Karst Research? to be held in San Antonio, Texas from May 3 through 5, 2007. Registration details are available through and registration forms (PDF) can be downloaded from this website. There will be no registration fee for the meeting, but a reservation fee of $50 is required which will be refunded following participation in and while at the workshop.

The workshop goals are designed to bring together biologists, biogeochemists, microbial ecologists, hydrogeologists, and geomorphologists and others who have an interest in advancing all aspects of karst science.The workshop will in part assess the current state of knowledge, but its primary function will be to identify gaps in that knowledge, which will be described in the workshop report. The workshop discussions will include questions from disciplines outside of karst science (e.g. paleoclimate, microbiology) that can be addressed in karst areas. The workshop is not intended to be a meeting at which only recent scientific findings are discussed; instead, the successful workshop will lead to identification of the critical science questions to be investigated over the coming decade. Discussions will be organized around seven breakout groups and may include the following topics depending on participant's interests:
Ecosystem function
Surface-subsurface linkages
Hydrological modeling
Geochemistry: chemical and isotopic tracers, geochemistry of the epikarst
Biological evolution in karst?lineages and ages
Paleoclimatology: dating methods
Paleokarst and reservoirs
Land Use in Karst Areas: sinkholes, subsidence, flooding
Contaminants: NAPLs, metals, agricultural waste, pharmaceuticals

Workshop Goals

The goals of this workshop are to guide research efforts in karst science over the next decade and to provide funding agencies with a voice from the karst community about what the critical research needs are. This guidance will come from the workshop report, which will consist of a prioritized description of all research needs identified and discussed at the workshop. Because the report will reflect the makeup and interests of all workshop participants, it is critical to have broad participation from the karst community. The report will describe linkages between individual topics specific to karst science and how karst science can inform other disciplines (e.g. paleoclimate and ecology). The report will include brief review articles, to be written by breakout leaders, that describe the current state of knowledge of the various subdisciplines within the broadly defined field of karst science. A rough draft of the report should be completed by the end of the workshop and will be edited, finalized and published within three months of the workshop.
The workshop report will be published in the Karst Waters Institute Special Publication series and will be disseminated widely throughout the karst community and to funding agencies. Agencies to receive copies of the report include the sponsors of the workshop, the National Science Foundation (Hydrologic Sciences Division) and the Army Research Office. Other agencies that support karst science and could be targeted to receive the report are the National Science Foundation (Paleoclimate Division), Department of Energy, American Chemical Society, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Additional agencies may be included by suggestion from workshop participants. Some time spent in plenary sessions will be allocated to identifying those agencies.
All workshop participants will receive a complimentary copy of the workshop report.
The KWI mission ( is to improve the fundamental understanding of karst water systems through sound scientific research and the education of professionals and the public. Institute activities include the sponsorship of conferences and workshops and occasional publication of scientific works. KWI supports these activities by acting as a coordinating agency for funding and personnel. For more information, please contact a member of the Organizing Committee:
Jon Martin, University of Florida,
Annette Summers-Engle, Louisiana State University,
Will White, Penn State,
Diana Northup, University of New Mexico,

31 Dec, 1969 - 31 Dec, 1969,
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