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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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That geology is the study of the planet earth-the materials of which it is made, the processes that act on these materials, the products formed, and the history of the planet and its life forms since its origin. geology considers the physical forces that act on the earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants as revealed by fossils. clues on the origin of the planet are sought in a study of the moon and other extraterrestrial bodies. the knowledge thus obtained is placed in the service of man-to aid in discovery of minerals and fuels of value in the earth's crust, to identify geologically stable sites for major structures, and to provide foreknowledge of some of the dangers associated with the mobile forces of a dynamic earth [1].?

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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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Archeology and Speleology: The Case for Conservation, 1977, Anderson, David G.

Pamukkale (Hirapolis) : un site de travertins hydrothermaux exceptionnel de Turquie, 2002, Nicod, Jean
Pamukkale (Hierapolis): An outstanding site of hydrothermal travertines in Turkey - These travertines result from the deposit of carbonates near the hydrothermal springs, on the main active fault zone on the northern border of the Denizli basin (W Turkey). Their high mineralised water, rich of CO2 of geothermal origin, accumulate limestone in the fissure ridges and in the cascades on the front of the old travertines balcony, building up in it flowstone and rimstone dams. This site is particularly important as much for the archaeological and palaeoenvironmental researches as the palaeoseismic and neotectonics regional data.

Cave excavation: some methodological and interpretive considerations, 2011, Stratford, D. J.

Caves potentially afford excellent levels of preservation for buried sediments, artefacts and faunal remains but, through depositional, post-depositional and diagenetic processes, material can be disassociated from its primary context. As well as the established archaeological or palaeontological research questions, the priorities of excavations in cave sediments include: identifying distinct stratigraphical units, clarifying the site formation processes responsible for the accumulation and distribution of the assemblages, and identifying any preserved primary contextual information. A wide variety of sediments that are "typically missing or masked" (Goldberg and Sherwood, 2006, p.20) in open-air sites can be encountered during cave excavation. This, combined with the stratigraphical complications inherent to cave sites makes every site different and warrants a site-specific, multi-disciplinary approach to its excavation. Stratigraphically sensitive and flexible methods of excavation and documentation are required when approaching cave excavation. A site-specific combination of techniques and practices helps ensure the stratigraphical integrity of the excavation material, successful adaptation to the cave environment and changing sedimentological conditions, and the restriction of information loss. This paper presents some important considerations needed when planning and conducting excavations of artefact and bone-bearing cave sediments as well as some of the interpretive issues surrounding the material once it is removed.

Human and faunal remains from Blue John Cavern, Castleton, Derbyshire, UK, 2011, Nixon, David

CAVITATS SUBAQUTIQUES DE LA FRANJA LITORAL DE MALLORCA, 2011, Grcia F. , Clamor B. , Gamund P. , Forns J. J. , Watkinson P.

The explorations in the caves with underwater extensions, existing along the littoral fringe of Mallorca Island, are firstly documented in 1972 due to the activities of Catalan cavers. During the end of 1980 decade and the early 1990 different campaigns were conducted by British cave divers. The year 1994 is formed the embryo of what would be, years later, the Diving Section of Grup Nord de Mallorca, a team of young Mallorcan cavers dedicated to the investigation of underwater cavities. The fruits of these researches have involved the exploration of the most extensive cave systems of the island, placing the underwater cavities of Mallorca at a remarkable position regarding coastal caves in Spain and in Europe. The cavities of littoral areas can be divided into: caves of the coastal mixing zone, littoral phreatic networks with hypogenic influences, and marine-karstic captures. Most of the caves are located in the littoral eogenetic karst developed within the post-orogenic platform of southern and eastern Mallorca, the so-called Migjorn karst region. The lithological conditionings have a decisive influence on the morphological features of the investigated caves. So, while in the front-reef facies of the Upper Miocene the collapse morphologies are dominant, related to the extensive dissolution of coral buildings, in the facies corresponding to lagoon environments the permeability associated to fractures becomes more important, due to the significantly lower rock porosity of these back-reef facies. The 12 most important caves have been selected, which are mainly located in the eastern coast of Mallorca (10). Regarding their distribution in the municipalities, Manacor (6) is the best represented, followed by Felanitx (3). The data corresponding to each cave, always subject to the availability of information, is structured in different sections: toponymy, geographical and geological location, history of explorations, cave description, hydrology, sediments, speleogenesis and evolutionary stage, paleontology, aquatic fauna and archeology.


Evidences show humans must have entered caves in Romania prior to 65,000 years ago. Their interest in mining activities came, however, much later, with the first documented signs pre-dating the arrival of Romans in Dacia (present-day Romania), in the 2nd century BC. Although writings about minerals in Romanian caves date back to the 18th and 19th century, the first scientific texts on minerals found in caves discovered during mining and quarrying activities only appeared after 1850s. From a mineralogical point of view, two distinct categories are recognizable: 1) caves displaying speleothems of monotonous carbonate mineralogy and 2) caves with unusual mineral paragenesis. The latter group could further be subdivided into: i) cavities located near or within nonmetalliferous or polymetallic ore fields, ii) skarn-hosted caves, and iii) caves in which H2Srich thermo-mineral waters discharge. The study of these caves resulted in the discovery of minerals, either new for science (ardealite) or to the cave environment (anhydrite, burbankite, foggite, ikaite, konyaite, etc.). However, the scientific relevance of mine, quarry, and mined caves is not restricted to mineralogy but also encompasses anthropology, archeology, Quaternary geology, biospeleology, karst science (speleothems, speleogenesis, etc.), and tourism.

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