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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 localized circulation is circulation in karst aquifers in which the water moves in certain preferred zones and does not occupy all or most of the openings below this level [10]. synonyms: (french.) circulation preferentielle; (german.) ortlich begrenzte karstwaber- zirkulation; (italian.) circolazione carsica parziale; (spanish.) circulacion localizada; (turkish.) yersel dolasim; (yugoslavian.) lokalizirana (lokalna) cirkulacija. compare diffuse circulation.?

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Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 2009, Vol 71, p. 16-23
Monk seal (Monachus monachus) bones in Bel Torrente Cave (central-east Sardinia) and their paleogeographical significance

Fragments of monk seal bones (Monachus monachus) discovered 7–12 m below water level in Bel Torrente Cave (central-east Sardinia) in 2004 have been AMS radiocarbon dated. The bones, probably of different individuals, have calibrated ages ranging from 5000–6500 calendar years B.P. and allow reconstruction of the paleogeography of the cave and the surrounding area during this time period. Monk seals living in large numbers along the Sardinian coast used the cave for shelter and to give birth to their pups. The lower sea level of the mid-Holocene, combined with cave morphology, allowed them to reach far into the main tunnel of the cave. The large number of bones found of approximately the same age seems to indicate that the monk seals used caves either to shelter from storm waves or to escape from natural predators during periods when human disturbance of the coast was minor. This could suggest the monk seals had other predators they were also trying to avoid.