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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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Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology, Simferopol
Hypogene speleogenesis and karst hydrogeology of artesian basins, 2009, p. 51-58
MICROORGANISMS AS SPELEOGENETIC AGENTS: GEOCHEMICAL DIVERSITY BUT GEOMICROBIAL UNITY
Abstract:

Caves provide habitats for a variety of native microorganisms. Many may be simply living in the subsurface, utilizing various sources of detrital organic matter without exerting much impact on their surroundings. However, some speleologically signi?cant microbial communities appear to interact extensively with their rocky environments. These organisms can exert in?uence on the pace, extent, or nature of cave formation, contribute to precise forms that secondary cave decorations may take, potentially act as major agents of subsurface weathering, and sometimes produce a unique type of cave soil, speleosol. Sulfates and sul?des, iron and manganese, carbonates, copper minerals, or silica, may dominate the geochemistry and lithology of a site, but although the details of the chemistry and microbial diversity may differ, a suite of similar ecological themes with speleological consequences can be seen at work in each. These unifying geomicrobiological themes may be useful in assessing the potential biological interactions to be expected in new types of cave environments and may provide analytical tools in the future to help unravel the geochemistry, hydrology, and geology of such systems both on Earth and other Solar System bodies.