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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. ...

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Featured articles from Cave & Karst Science Journals
Chemistry and Karst, White, William B.
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Karst environment, Culver D.C.
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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Geografia Fisica e Dinamica Quaternaria, 2012, Issue 35, p. 119-127
Landscape evolution in the Tacchi area (Central-East Sardinia, Italy) based on karst and fluvial morphology and age of cave sediments


The east-central part of Sardinia (Italy) is characterised by Jurassic

dolomitic mesas (Tacchi, or «table mountains») that overlie a Palaeozoic

basement mainly composed of metavolcanics and phyllites. These mountains

are the remnants of a continuous carbonate cover, dissected by

faults and river erosion, and are now completely isolated hydrological

systems. Most of these rivers have cut valleys more than 200 metres deep

into the Palaeozoic basement rocks, whose slopes are often characterised

by landslides, suggesting their recent oversteepening. Some valleys, on

the contrary, have not reached the base of the carbonate sequence and

appear to be suspended above the deeper incisions, apparently disconnected

by them. Several subhorizontal surfaces can be distinguished on

the table mountains, related to local base level stillstands. Also water

table caves, scattered along the flanks of the mountains over an altitudinal

range of about 200 m, show several stillstands in base level lowering.


26Al and 10Be burial dating of sediments in four caves located at different

elevations on the flanks of the suspended Taquisara Valley show

an Upper Pliocene or Lower Pleistocene age. Thus, this valley appears to

be of Late Tertiary age. The deeper valleys, such as Riu Pardu, that dissect

the Tacchi mountains completely, cutting deeply into the basement

rocks, are much younger, as their unstable slopes suggest. Knickpoint retreat

in Riu Pardu and estimated valley erosion rates suggest the capture

of Riu Pardu by Rio Pelau to have occurred in the last 100 ky.