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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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Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, 2003, Vol 65, Issue 3, p. 155-159
Morphology of the Caves of Missouri
The morphology of solution caves differs from region to region based on the recharge mechanisms and the dominant type of porosity. The pattern of cave passages representative of the entire Salem and Springfield Plateaus and of the Perryville and Hannibal karst areas was determined. The number of closed loops and the tortuosity of the passages were used to statistically determine the morphology of 633 mapped caves in Missouri. The 633 caves were from 17 counties and from each of the karst areas in Missouri. For most caves in the Salem and Springfield Plateaus and the Perryville karst area, as determined by passage length, the pattern of development is branchwork (71.7, 83.4, and 84.4%, respectively) and rudimentary (16.5, 10.3, and 14.8%, respectively). The Hannibal area shows 2 distinct patterns of development. Three caves are network mazes (81.2%) and the remainder are either branchwork (13.1%) and rudimentary (4.9%). The morphologies of the caves from the Salem and Springfield Plateaus and the Hannibal and Perryville karst areas suggest the distribution of caves within Missouri is similar to that found by Palmer (1991) for cave passages worldwide. However, there is higher percentage of rudimentary caves due to extensive stream incision. Given the high percentage of branchwork and rudimentary patterned caves in Missouri, the origin of Missouris caves was likely driven by point-source recharge that flowed along bedding plane partings.