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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 foiba is (italian.) 1. a deep wide vertical cavity or the swallow point of a river at the beginning of its underground course. 2. a natural vertical shaft in soluble rock, tending toward cylindrical shape; it may or may not reach the surface. a dome pit [10].?

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New book on Karst and Tectonics
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.
Karst Graduate Student Opportunity
An announcement of a graduate student (MSc) opportunity for karst work in Guam.
Sinkhole Conference: abstract and student grant deadline reminder and new announcement
Two important reminders and one announcement for the 14th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (aka “The Sinkhole Conference”).
Karst Division is created in the GSA
The Geological Society of America Council has approved the creation of the Karst Division at its annual meeting on Wednesday, October 22.
Speleogenesis membership has passed over 1000 !
On Thursday October 2, 2014 the membership in the Speleogenesis Network has reached 1000 ! The lucky registration was by Jim Goodbar of US, - welcome, and congratulations!

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That epikarstic flow is see subcutaneous flow.?

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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