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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 Northing is 1. the distance of a point north of the point of origin of the grid of a map, or some abbreviation of it. 2. the south-north component of a survey leg, or of a series of legs, or of a complete traverse; north is positive and south is negative [25].?

Checkout all 2699 terms in the KarstBase Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

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HypoKarst Project
Klimchouk on 10 Jul, 2012

The HypoKarst project is an informal international effort to coordinate and promote researches in hypogene karst and speleogenesis. The main objective is to advance our understanding of solution conduit and void development in those parts of the sedimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow systems. This is important in order to better apprehend karst evolution, improve general karst paradigm and its applicability and effectiveness for solving related practical problems.

For more information about the project objectives and activities visit the HypoKarst Project page.

This page has been recently updated to include some more individual researchers and groups that have joined the HypoKarst project, new information about specific projects conducted by certain groups, and the link to KarstBase selection of papers on hypogenic karst/speleogenesis (currently 186 titles, with abstracts and links to full publications).

Good news from the Hungarian group (Department of Physical and Applied Geology, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest):  they are starting a new 4-year project funded by the Hungarian Research Foundation. The project title is "Evaluation of hypogenic karstification, focusing on microbially mediated processes", and the project leader is Prof. Judit Madl-Szonyi. Project abstract: Hypogenic karst systems are in the focus of research interest in the last decades. The Buda Thermal Karst system is an active hypogenic karst area where fluids with their dynamics, effects and products can be studied directly. Hypogenic karst development and its manifestations caused by flowing groundwater will be interpreted in flow system context. The proposed comprehensive study will provide an overview about the controlling factors of hypogenic processes and will enhance our knowledge on microbially mediated speleogenesis. Generalization of the results may be applicable in similar settings worldwide.

Plans for several scientific conferences/symposia on hypogenic karst/speleogenesis during next few years are currently under discussion between the potential organizers, UIS KHS Commission and some partner organizations. Details will be announced as soon as dates, venues and themes are finalized.

All interested colleagues are invited to post their HypoKarst related thoughts, suggestions and news as comments to this post.

Alexander Klimchouk and Yuri Dublyansky,
HypoKarst coordinators
HypoKarst Project page

Keywords: hypogenic karst, hypogene speleogenesis, HypoKarst project

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