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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, 2011, Vol 73, Issue 1, p. 21-27
The role of small caves as bat hibernacula in Iowa
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Small caves provide habitat for a variety of species, including bats. Past research on cave bats in Iowa has focused on a few large caves. Large caves are uncommon and represent only a portion of the known caves in the state. Since few hibernacula are protected in Iowa and no assessment of small caves has been done, bat census data were compared to cave morphology to determine the significance of small caves as hibernacula. Twelve years of census data (1998–2009) were reviewed for small caves (# 50.0 m in length) where hibernating bats had been documented. Four morphological features were compared against the data: entrance aspect, entrance size, cave length, and internal surface area. Student’s t-test and Spearman rank correlation were used to test for relationships between the presence and abundance of each species and each of the four morphological features. The eastern pipistrelle occurred in 68% of the caves, and the little brown bat in 24%. Student’s t-test showed a significant correlation with cave length for eastern pipistrelles. Spearman rank correlation showed a significant negative correlation with entrance aspect and significant positive correlations for cave length and internal surface area for eastern pipistrelles. The results are different from previous studies on larger Iowa caves, which showed big brown bats and little brown bats as the most abundant species. Eastern pipistrelles preferred larger caves with vertical entrances. However, large is a subjective term, and the results indicate that small caves are an important source of hibernacula for the eastern pipistrelle.