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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 age of caves is the ages of individual caves may vary enormously. in most regions the youngest cave passages have reached their present dimensions during the last 10,000 years, or since the last pleistocene glacial retreat. in higher latitudes most caves can be related to erosion during the later pleistocene climatic variations of the last million years, and older caves have largely been removed by continuing surface lowering. in tropical regions less interrupted erosion conditions have encouraged survival of older caves; the mulu caves of sarawak include large passages at least two million years old. relict caves hundreds of millions of years old may survive in some buried limestones, but are commonly filled with younger sediments (see neptunian deposits), minerals or, very rarely, igneous rocks. these fill materials may themselves be dateable, either on the basis of contained fossil material (including pollen), by comparison with similar rock types that occur at the surface or by isotopic age determination methods identical to those applied to suitable surface rock materials. see also dating of cave sediments [9].?

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Hhlen in der Landesbeschreibung Germania Austriaca von Granelli (1701, 1752 und 1759) , 2011,
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Gerstnersterl M, Herrmann E. , ime?kov B.
The topographical work Germania Austriaca, seu Topographia Omnium Germaniae Provinciarum, Augustissimae Domui Austriacae Haereditario Jure Subjectarum1, which was published first in 1701 and again, with some modifications, in 1752 and 1759 gives an insight into the knowledge about caves within the Austrian learned societies in times before Enlightenment took place. The latin book, originally written by Wenzel Karl Earl of Purgstall while ascribed to the Jesuit Carolo Granelli in the later editions, includes only few but detailed descriptions of some caves and karst features, taking up several pages of each edition. Purgstall wrote in a very picturesque style, which was typical for the age of Baroque. The topography shows how common knowledge of our days is influenced by standard literature of former centuries: most of the mentioned places are still regarded as outstanding natural phenomenons today. With respect to the sparse but already intensively analysed cave texts of those days, it was a surprising experience to discover this so far unnoticed standard topography of the 18th century for historical speleology.

New data on the dolines of Velebit Mountain: An evaluation of their sedimentary archive potential in the reconstruction of landscape evolution , 2012,
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Ballut Christle, Faivre Sanja

The first approach to the relationships between societies and physical environments on Velebit Mountain shows narrow correlations between spatial distribution of dolines, soil formation, hydric resources, vegetation and land occupation. In 2002, sediment cores have been obtained from different dolines of Velebit Mountain to evaluate the potential of their sedimentary archives in order to reconstruct the landscape history. On the littoral slopes and on the top parts of the mountain, the dolines were difficult to dig due to the presence of rocks in depth. Nevertheless, the cores have been sampled and soil analyses have been made (physical and chemical analyses: colour, grain size, pH, CaCO3, C, N, P, K, Mg, CEC). No dating materials were found. The first results attest to rather homogeneous pedologic processes in each area studied (Kamenica, Stinica, Baške Oštarije and Bilensko Mirevo), but they also indicate colluvial contributions. These contributions differ from one doline to another according to their location and morphology. Dolines reveal themselves to be not very good traps, as the representative nature of their sedimentary archives could be very local. However, the best profile has been obtained at Bilensko Mirevo, which shows a change in the soil nutrient content from an impoverishment in its middle part toward an increase of the soil nutrients in recent parts. Those environmental changes could not be precisely dated, but could be correlated with the 17th to 20th century phase of strong human impact on the Velebit environment and with the rural depopulation observed since the second half of the 20th century.


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