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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. ...

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That texture is the arrangement in space of the components of a rock body and of the boundaries between these components [16].?

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Natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst areas

Dates: From 24 Apr, 2005 till 29 Apr, 2005
Location: Vienna, Austria

The session (no. NH8.02) is included in the Natural Hazards Program of the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), to be held in Vienna (Austria) from April 24 to 29, 2005.

I am organizing the session along with John Gunn of the Limestone Research Group at the University of Huddersfield, and Alexander Klimchouk of the National Academy of Science of Ukraine.

The Abstract Deadline is January 21, 2005, and abstracts should be submitted through the EGU website at

The website also contains detailed information about the meeting. More information in

It is our intention to publish a selection of the session papers in a special issue of an international, peer reviewed journal. At the meeting in Vienna we will discuss about this possibility with all of the attendants. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself, or one of my co-conveners, I look forward to receiving abstracts from you, and to seeing you in Vienna Please inform other colleagues interested in karst studies about this session.

Sincerely yours,
Mario Parise

NH8.02 Session Description:

Due to a number of peculiar geological and hydrogeological features (fractured rocks, presence of karst cavities and conduits, rapid concentrated flow), karst areas are among the most vulnerable settings of the world to man-induced and/or natural hazards. Occurrence of subsidence phenomena, floods, and slope movements may be for example very frequent, causing serious damage in several karst areas. Agriculture and land use changes may lead to degradation of the karst landscape through the practice of stone clearing and crushing, which may favour the development of erosion and eventually result in rocky desertification. At the same time, other anthropogenic activities such as intensive quarrying cause partial or total destruction of the karst landscape and of near-surface caves, with loss of the important geological and archeological evidence they contained. Fragility of karst environments is furtherly evidenced by karst groundwater systems, which are extremely important water supplies (about 25% of the global population is supplied largely or entirely by karst waters), but which quality is very susceptible to degradation. Over-exploitation of karst water resources, sea-water intrusion, and events of pollution, with the consequent deterioration of water quality are worldwide frequently object of study. Many of the hazards affecting karst environments can be fully appreciated only through a multi-disciplinary approach, combining expertise from different fields, including but not limited to, geomorphology, engineering geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geophysics, and geochemistry. The symposium dedicated to natural and anthropogenic hazards in karst areas is a good opportunity to share experiences from different areas of the world, and to discuss methodologies and techniques for a better understanding of karst, of the different hazards which may occur in these very fragile environment, and of the more correct ways for its management. At the latter aim, the interaction between human activity and karst areas also needs to be stressed. Papers dealing with analysis of case studies in karst areas are solicited. Contributions presenting a multi-disciplinary approach to the problem are particularly encouraged. This symposium is addressed to stimulate further research in the field of karst research, and to facilitate the co-operation between different expertise.


Mario Parise
Sezione di Bari Via Amendola 
122-I 70125 Bari Italy
tel. +39-080-5929587
fax +39-080-5929611

31 Dec, 1969 - 31 Dec, 1969,
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