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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. ...

Did you know?

That quartz is a crystal form of silicon dioxide (sio2) [16].?

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UISK, Simferopol

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Speleology and Karstology, 2011, Issue 6, p. 53-66

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Morphological and biological features of underwater caves Tarzanka (Tarhankut Peninsula, Maliy Atlesh)

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Abstract:

Based on the performed examination and topographic survey of the underwater karst-abrasion cave Tarzanka on Minor Atlesh (Western Crimea), its morphological description is given for the first time. Features of biology and ecology of inhabitants of this cavity were studied. A new for the Black Sea species of coelenterates – actinia Sagartia elegans (Dalyell, 1848), and a very rare for the Black Sea species of crustaceans – shrimp (Lysmata seticaudata) and mysid (Hemimisis serrata), registered in the Red Data Book of Ukraine, were found in a cave. It was shown that the cave is a permanent habitat for protected species of fishes – goldsinny-wrasse (Ctenolabrus rupestris), Bucchich`s goby (Gobius bucchichi), brown meagre (Sciaena umbra), shore clingfish (Lepadogaster lepadogaster) and crabs - Eriphia verrucosa, Pachygrapsus marmoratus and Pilumnus hirtellus. In a distant tunnel of the cave an interesting group of actinia (Actinia equina) of red colour morphs was found. It is considered that this cave could recently be a place for reproduction of a monk seal that lived in this area (Monachus monachus).

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Keywords: karst, abrasion, underwater caves and grottoes, cave fauna, new and rare species, the red data book of ukraine, black sea, tarhankut, atlesh

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