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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 Also we have forum there. ...

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 lost river is 1. a surface river or stream flowing onto or over karst that then disappears completely underground through a swallow hole (ponor) and which may or may not rise again and flow as a resurgent surface river or stream [20]. 2. in a karst region, a surface stream that enters an underground course [10]. synonyms: (french.) perte de riviere; (german.) flubversickerung, flubchwinde; (greek.) chanomenos potamos; (russian.) iscezajuscaja reka; (spanish.) rio sumente; (turkish.) kayip nehir; (yugoslavian.) ponornica, ponikalnica. see also ponornica; sinking stream. compare intermittent river.?

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Summer School on Speleothem Science
The registration for the "Summer School on Speleothem Science" will be open from January 26th to April 3rd. The school will be held on 23-29 August 2015 in Oxford, UK, and is aimed at an international audience.
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An announce of the 13th International Symposium on Pseudokarst to be held in the Czech Republic 16-19 September 2015
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A message from GSA Karst Division Chairman Cory Blackeagle about forming a karst program for this year’s GSA Convention
UIS 50th Anniversary Celebration and 23rd International Karstological School
The celebration of the UIS 50th Anniversary will held with the 23rd International Karstological School in Postoina, Slovenia in June 2015
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Springer-Verlag has recently published the book "Dynamic Tectonics and Karst" by Prof. Stefan Shanov and Assoc. Prof. Konstantin Kostov from the Geological Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

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That fluorescent dyes is material used in environmental tracing studies that may be detected and measured in small concentrations (about 10-12 mg/l), are inexpensive, relatively nontoxic, and are relatively miscible with the water being traced.?

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Engineering Geology, 1999, Vol 52, Issue 0, p. 61-66
Limestone ordinances of New Jersey and Pennsylvania: a practitioner's experiences
Abstract:
Ordinances promulgating land use procedures related to construction in areas underlain by carbonate rocks have been under discussion since the mid-1970s in Pennsylvania and since the mid-1980s in New Jersey. At first, the proposed ordinances only considered ground water contamination then, later included the safety- (or stability) related concerns of constructing in karst areas. The first ordinance addressing both concerns as well as not being so restrictive as to eliminate development is believed to have been passed in Clinton Township, New Jersey in May, 1988. Recently, several other nearby townships have passed ordinances based (either loosely or tightly) upon the 'Model Ordinance' developed by the 'Limestone Committee' of the North Jersey Resource Conservation and Development Council. The Model Ordinance has its roots in the Clinton Township Ordinance. Other ordinances, with little to no geotechnical input, have also been passed (and sometimes repealed) by well-meaning municipalities. As the subsurface conditions are complex and erratic (folded and faulted carbonates), an appropriate site evaluation is difficult to define and generally more costly to perform than a conventional site investigation. With this mix of ordinances, the variability in subsurface conditions and the diverse experience levels of the regional practitioners, the resulting effectiveness of these ordinances is mixed, from the humorous to the very positive. In general, the Clinton Township and Model Ordinance-based legislation, which specify procedures to be used in an investigation, work well. Other ordinances refer to standards which do not exist, have requirements which cannot be met in the real world, or appear poorly related to any realistic geotechnical concepts. This paper will describe some typical examples of projects from the viewpoint of both the reviewer and the submitter. A state-of-the-practice presentation, not necessarily state-of-the-art. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All ri hts reserved