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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. ...

Did you know?

That Nackter karst is (german.) see exposed karst.?

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Geocaching in Relation to Caves
MikeBilbo on 29 Oct, 2014

Hello.  I work for the BLM, Roswell Field office and was wondering if anyone knows how to actually get in contact with Geocaching.com?  There doesn't seem to be a way of communicating a serious issue to them, that being geocaches in or near caves.  On doing a search on Geocaching.com for "caves" and then reading the cache logs for various caves that appear, you read hair-raising things about near-rescue (and likely actual ones - people who have no clue as to what's the deal on caves), obvious damage to caves by uneducated cachers (graffiti, etc).

I monitor caches on public lands just to make sure they are not in cultural sites (which is forbidden by geocaching rules) and when I find one in or near a cave, I try to contact and work with the cache owner to see if they could move the cache away from the cave.  A prohibition against placing caches in caves does not exist in Geocaching.com and I'l like to contact the owners of Geocaching.com to suggest that (I think it's possible that costs of a rescue could be passed on to cache owners and or Geocaching.com if the cause of rescue can be traced to the cache and caching, and that Geocaching.com ought to think on that).  I've found that cachers tend to be low-impact on the land but that cache owners through their caches, take you to interesting and unique places, which includes caves, and thus when it comes to caves, they are reluctant to change the cache location.

Keywords: geocaching, caves

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