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The book "Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World" is finished
The book “Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World” is going to be published by Springer, in its series “Cave and Karst Systems of the World”.
Karst session at the AGU Fall 2016 Meeting in San Francisco
There will be a karst session at the AGU Fall 2016 Meeting in San Francisco, USA in December 12-16: Characterization, Modeling, and Remediation of Fissured, Carbonate, and Karst Groundwater Systems
A new book on caves and karst in Austria
A book "Höhlen und Karst in Österreich" (Caves and karst in Austria; Editors: Christoph Spötl, Lukas Plan & Ehrad Christian) will be printed until mid of July. Subscription is available.
Unusual perspective on caves
Many inspiring ideas on caves can be found in images created by children, generated by the International Contest of Kid’s Drawing "Caves in the Eyes of our Children".
Session on Karst Aquifers at the 43th IAH Congress, France
A call to submit an abstract to a session devoted to karst aquifers, which will be held in September in Montpellier during the 43rd IAH Congress

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That crandallite is a cave mineral - caal3(po4)2(oh)5 h2o [11].?

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Featured article from geoscience journal

Bulletin de La Societe Geologique de France/Geophysical Research Letters, 2009, Vol 36
Buoyant convection resulting from dissolution and permeability growth in vertical limestone fractures
Abstract:

and testing them on natural analogs provided by geologic systems may be fruitful. As example, we illustrate our attempts to simulate the development of two types of cave systems – branchwork in meteoric environments and mazework in hypogene or hydrothermal environments. Our computational models combine hydraulic, thermal and chemical processes in limestone fractures and consider the influence of subsurface heterogeneity as well. Our computational results vividly demonstrate the mechanisms by which branchwork patterns develop in meteoric environments and demonstrate how sustained dissolution along upward flow channels can be established in hypogene environments, thus creating favourable conditions for development of maze patterns. Investigations of system sensitivities in both types of environments indicate that a surprisingly robust pattern of behaviour results, thus serving as a target for developing simplified conceptual models of these systems. We also discuss the implications of our results for design, operation and risk analysis of engineered earth systems.