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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 doline; sinkhole is a basin- or funnel-shaped hollow in limestone, ranging in diameter from a few meters up to a kilometer and in depth from a few to several hundred meters. some dolines are gentle grassy hollows; others are rocky cliff-bounded basins. a distinction may be made by direct solution of the limestone surface zone, (solution dolines), and those formed by collapse over a cave, (collapse dolines), but it is generally not possible to establish the origin of individual examples [10]. solutional enlargement is either circular in plan, if there is one dominant vertical joint, or otherwise irregular if there are several and can achieve dimensions of up to 1,000 meters in diameter and 100 meters deep. where a karst bedrock is covered by superficial deposits, solutional enlargement permits the latter to subside into vertical fissures, creating subsidence cones or alluvial dolines, whose slopes are unstable because of the unconsolidated nature of the surface material. the bedrock remains covered in the first instance. dolines are also formed by the large-scale subsidence caused by cave roof-collapse of near-surface caverns; in this instance, the collapse doline, the sides are cliff-like and the floor composed of the irregular blocks from the fragmented roof. cave roof-collapse is considered a relatively rare phenomenon. closed depressions receiving a stream are known as swallow holes or stream sinks. a doline which is largely dependent upon snow for solution-enlargement is known as a kotlici or schneedoline [19]. in america most dolines are referred to as sinks or sinkholes. see also jama; pit; ponor; sink, sinkhole; stream sink; swallet; swallow hole; sumidero. synonyms: (french.) doline; (german.) dolinen, karsttrichter; (greek.) tholene; (italian.) dolina, pozzo naturale; (russian.) karstovaja voronka, karstovaja kotlovina; (spanish.) dolina; (turkish.) duden, kokurdan, huni; (yugoslavian.) vrtaca, ponikva, dolac, do, duliba, kotlic, konta.?

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PhD Luc Willems (Belgium)

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Address: c/o Prof. F. boulvain University of Liège Dpt of Geology Bât. B20 Pétrologie sédimentaire boulevard du Rectorat 15 4000 Liège 1 Belgium
Affiliation: Dpt of Geology - University of Liège
High School "Charlemagne"
Position: Teacher/researcher
Specialization: Geomorphology
Geoactivity: Belgium, West Africa, Brasil
Interests: Karstology inside highly porous rocks and in silicated and non-carbonated rocks like sandstone, quartzite, gneiss...
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