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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 dissolution of limestone is the solubility of calcite (and hence of limestone) in pure water is very low, but is vastly increased in the presence of carbon dioxide. this gas, dissolved in the water to produce carbonic acid, permits dissociation of calcium carbonate, and dissolution rates and loads are therefore directly related to carbon dioxide content. this accounts for the importance to limestone dissolution of plant growth; soil water contains greatly more carbon dioxide than stream waters. further dissolution occurs due to mixing of saturated waters of different carbon dioxide content (see mischungskorrosion), because of a nonlinear relationship between carbonate saturation and carbon dioxide content. this process is of major significance to continued dissolution within the phreas. cold water can dissolve more carbon dioxide but, with respect to cave development, this climatic factor is overwhelmed by the higher organic activity producing more carbon dioxide in warmer environments. loss of carbon dioxide, by diffusion into open air, causes water to precipitate calcite as speleothems. limestone dissolution may also be achieved by organic acids or by strong acids, particularly sulphuric acid, though such effects are normally far less than that of carbon dioxide. strong acid dissolution is probably involved in the inception of most underground drainage. dissolution by sulphuric acid formed by oxidation of sulfide minerals or gases may be a major cave-forming process in some regions, and was largely responsible for the enlargement of carlsbad caverns and lechuguilla cave, new mexico [9].?

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International Symposium on Hierarchical Flow Systems in Karst Regions

Dates: From 04 Sep, 2013 till 07 Sep, 2013
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Organisation: Eötvös Loránd University
Contact: Anita Erőss, Ph.D.

International Symposium on Hierarchical Flow Systems in Karst Regions

in honour of Professor József Tóth, in celebration of his 80th birthday

2-7 September 2013, Budapest, Hungary


The main objective of the Symposium is the integration the theory of hierarchical flow systems into karst hydrogeology, thermal water resources research and hypogene speleogenesis. It is aimed to bring together hydrogeologists working on carbonate aquifers in order to broaden their knowledge on flow-system approach in karst systems, specific discharge features connected to karstic flow systems and economic importance of deep carbonate reservoirs.

Main Topics:

• Flow systems of hypogenic karsts

• Discharge features: hypogenic cave morphology, cave minerals, geochemistry of waters, precipitaes

• Role of microbes in hypogenic karst processes

• Geothermal importance of deep karst systems

• Hypogenic karsts as petroleum reservoirs


Regional Groundwater Flow Commission of International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Karst Commission of IAH,

Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis Commission of International Union of Speleology,

Hungarian National Chapter of IAH

Important dates:

August 2012 First announcement

1 November 2012 Call for abstracts

15 February 2013 Deadline for abstract submission

1 April 2013 Notification about acceptance of abstracts

15 April 2013 Deadline for registration for short courses

1 May 2013 End of early discount registration period

15 June 2013 Detailed symposium program/deadline for extended abstract submission

2 September 2013 Check-in for short courses

4 September 2013 Check-in for the conference


Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


2-3 September 2013

a short course is offered including two main topics: regional groundwater flow (REGFLOW) and karst hydrogeology (MANKARST):


The aim of the course is to introduce the concept of gravity driven groundwater flow, its geological and environmental consequences, application and relevant investigation methods.

Lecturers: József Tóth, Judit Mádl-Szőnyi, Szilvia Simon, Brigitta Czauner

The main topics are:
• Theory: Introduction, The Unit Basin, Flow patterns in composite and heterogeneous basins, Gravity flow of groundwater: geologic agent
• Practice: hydraulic methods in groundwater flow system’s evaluation
• Case studies from the Pannonian Basin

The aim of the course is to provide a fundamental understanding of karst hydrogeological systems and to impart the theoretical basis and combined application of relevant investigation methods.

Lecturers: Nico Goldscheider & Tim Bechtel

The main topics are:
• Introduction to karst hydrogeology and geomorphology
• Overview: methods in karst hydrogeology
• Tracing techniques
• Geophysical methods (Tim Bechtel)
• Groundwater protection, contamination problems and water quality monitoring

4-7 September, 2013
Sessions with keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations will be organized connected to the main topics of the symposium. A one day field trip is planned to introduce the flow system of Buda Thermal Karst.


The abstracts will be published on CD, the extended abstracts are intend to publish in a special issue or in the form of an IAH publication.

Information about the symposium at this website :

Contact information:

Anita Erőss, Ph.D., research associate
Eötvös Loránd University
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences Department of Physical and Applied Geology
Pázmány P. s. 1/c, 1117 Budapest, Hungary
Tel.: +36 3722500/1776
Fax: +36 381 21 30

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