The International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds is the world’s largest and most comprehensive meeting on the application of innovative and existing technologies and approaches for characterization, monitoring and management of chlorinated and complex sites. The topic of karst was conspicuously absent at the first eight iterations of this conference. At the 9th Conference, a karst session -- headlined by a presentation by Dr. Derek Ford -- was held and well attended...
The Geological Survey of Spain (IGME) is conducting a research into the Cerro del Cuevon (-1589 m), the deepest cave of Spain and one of the top ten around the world.
International Speleological Congress will be held in 2017 in Sydney, Australia
Contributions are invited for the special issue on the topic of "Geophysical imaging in karst terrain", which will be published in AIMS Geosciences in 2016.
There is ongoing preparation of two interlinked activities relevant to hypogene karst: the DeepKarst 2016 Conference and the book “Selected Hypogene Karst Regions and Caves of the World".
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That hydromagnesite is a cave mineral - mg5(co3)4(oh)2.4h2o .?
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This study demonstrates the significant influences of the geological structure (especially folding and lithology) and the karst system on groundwater flow regime. Folds divert groundwater flow from the general hydraulic gradient; marly layers sustain several perched sub-aquifers above the regional aquifer; and karstification increases the hydraulic conductivity by several orders of magnitude. These phenomena are quantitatively demonstrated within the Yarqon-Taninim (YT) basin, Israel, which is a complex groundwater system, combining several (extremely) opposite characteristics: humid and arid recharge zones, phreatic and confined parts, shallow and deep sub-aquifers, stratified and relatively-homogeneous sub-basins, saline and fresh water bodies, as well as stagnant and fast-flowing groundwater regions.
We have introduced a 3D geological-based grid for the basin (for the first time). It was implemented into a numerical code (FEFLOW), which was used thereafter to analyze quantitatively the flow regime, the groundwater mass balance, and the aquifer hydraulic properties. We present up to date conceptual understanding and numerical modeling of the YT flow field, especially at its mountainous parts.
Based on the calibration procedure and the sensitivity analyses, we obtained the best-fitted hydraulic conductivity values for the aquifer mesh. The general phenomenon observed is that as groundwater flow quantity increases, the hydraulic conductivity also increases. We interpret this result by the karstification mechanism (including paleo-karst). Thus, where groundwater flow-lines converge and where groundwater discharge amount increases, the karstification process intensifies and permeability increases. Consequently, at the mountainous region, along the syncline axes, where groundwater flow-lines converge, higher conductivities are found.
Modeling results also exhibit that at the lowland confined area, the geological structure does not play a major role in directing groundwater flow. Rather, the flow field is controlled by the well-developed karst system and the relatively homogenous carbonate section. It is hypothesizes that the extensive karstification took place at the Messinian Salinity Crises, 5.5 Ma, during which groundwater heads as well as sea level were lowered by several 100 m.