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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 master cave is best defined as a low level trunk streamway cave with many tributaries. the old concept of the master cave being formed at the water table should be disregarded. the leck fell master cave, in the yorkshire dales, is 2km long, partly a vadose canyon, partly a drained phreatic tube and partly a submerged tube. part of it therefore lies below the water table while elsewhere its presence controls the water table. the french equivalent, 'collecteur', is more descriptive of the master cave's true role. the depth to a currently active master cave is dictated by interactions between local topography, stratigraphical factors and geological structure. in the low hill karst of england and kentucky, active master caves lie at depths of around 100m, but in monte canin, italy, and the hautla plateau, mexico, they lie at depths of 1000m. the collecteur of the gouffre berger, france, is met just 250m down but can be followed to a depth of over 1000m, down the dipping limestone beds, thus emphasizing the local dominance of stratigraphical over topographical factors [9].?

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Comptes Rendus Palevol, 2005, Vol 4, Issue 3, p. 275-284
Attribution des gravures paleolithiques de la grotte d'Aldene (Cesseras, Herault) a l'Aurignacien par la datation des remplissages geologiques
ResumeLes gravures paleolithiques de la grotte d'Aldene ont ete decouvertes [13] dans une galerie revelee par l'exploitation miniere des phosphates de ce karst [10]. Reduites a une dizaine d'unites, ces gravures ont pourtant suscite plusieurs etudes [13,15,21]. La derniere [19] souligne leurs ressemblances (faunique et stylistique) avec le bestiaire de la grotte Chauvet [5-7]. L'etude stratigraphique, paleontologique et chronologique des remplissages permet de situer le passage des paleolithiques entre le depot de deux planchers stalagmitiques dates de 37 000 et 24 400 BP. La datation de 30 260 [plus-or-minus sign] 220 BP obtenue sur les charbons issus d'un niveau intermediaire atteste une incursion humaine a l'Aurignacien, synchrone de la premiere phase de l'art de Chauvet. Pour citer cet article : P. Ambert et al., C. R. Palevol 4 (2005).AbstractAttribution of the Palaeolithic engravings of the cave of Aldene (Cesseras, Herault) to the Aurignacian by the dating of geological deposits. The Palaeolithic engravings of the cave of Aldene were discovered [13] in a gallery revealed during the mining of phosphates in this karst [10]. Although only made up of about ten units, these engravings have given rise to several studies [13,15,21]. The most recent [19] highlights their similarities (faunal and stylistic) with the bestiary from the Chauvet cave [5-7]. The stratigraphic, palaeontological and chronological study of the cave deposits permits the dating of the presence of the Palaeolithic people between the deposition of two dripstone floors dated at 37 000 and 24 400 BP. The date of 30 260 [plus-or-minus sign] 220 BP obtained on charcoal sampled from an intermediate level attests a human incursion in the Aurignacian period, which is contemporary with the first phase of the art of Chauvet. To cite this article: P. Ambert et al., C.R. Palevol 4 (2005)