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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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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UISK, Simferopol
Speleology and Karstology, 2011, Issue 6, p. 36-52
Morphogenetic analysis of Tavrskaya Cave (Inner Range of the Piedmont Crimea)
Abstract:

In this paper, we refine the theoretic and methodological basis of speleomorphogenetic analysis and apply it to the Tavrskaya Cave in the Piedmont Range of Crimea, the largest cave in this region. Technique and results of the large-scale morphogenetic mapping of the cave are also presented.

Tavrskaya Cave is developed in the 20 m thick layer of Paleocene limestones of the Inner Range and is controlled by a fracture set of sub-latitudinal orientation that is well expressed in the entire Cretaceous-Paleocene succession and played an important part in the formation of river valleys and various lineaments. The cave structure in the plan view and many features of cave morphology are controlled by sub-vertical tectonic fractures and their intersections with a prominent permeable bedding plane in the middle of the sequence and a layer above it. The cave structure and morphology does not show any indications of epigene speleogenesis (specific pattern, functional/genetic relationships with the surface, vadose solutional modification in the contemporary settings, etc).

Composition of dissolutional speleoforms identified in the cave, their genetic interpretation and the analysis of their relationships, as well as some mineralogical evidence, unequivocally indicate the formation of the cave morphology in the conditions of a confined aquifer system with sluggish circulation, interaction of upwelling flow of a deep flow system with lateral flow in a shallow stratiform aquifer, with significant role of free convection. Relative to the contemporary hydrogeological settings, established in the area since the end of middle Pleistocene, the cave is relict. Vadose conditions on the level of main passages established not later than 130 ka as suggested by the maximum age of dated stalagmites.