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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. ...

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 onyx marble is translucent layers of calcium carbonate from cave deposits, often called mexican onyx or cave onyx; used as an ornamental stone [10].?

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Africa
Karst and caves of Madagascar
The karst of Namoroka and Narinda (Madagascar)
Australia & Oceania
Australasian Cave & Karst Management Association (ACKMA) Home Page
Australian cave art
Australian caves in art
Karsts of Australia
The Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association Inc. (ACKMA) The Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association Inc. (ACKMA) is a professional association for all those responsible for, or interested in, planning and management of limestone landscapes and caves in the Australasian region. It provides a wide range of services to its members and others.
The Western Australian Speleological Group (WASG)
Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre
Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre The official i-SITE Visitor Centre, Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre is a one-stop shop for information and bookings for Waitomo attractions, activities and accommodation.
Asia
Acintyacunyata Speleological Club Indonesia Speleological Activities in Indonesia
Ankara Caving
CaveID Map Indonesian CaveID map. Karst and Cave information in Indonesia.
IGCP 379 "Karst Processes and the Carbon Cycle"
Karst Dynamics Laboratory
Karst in Turkey by Kagan Kuyu
Sarawak Caves Database
SPELEO CLUB DU LIBAN The Splo Club du Liban (SCL) was founded in 1951, and it is the oldest caving club in the Middle East. The club, since its initiation, has been dedicated to speleological activities mainly scientific and sport activities related to caves.
International Research Center on Karst (IRCK)
Europe
BRITISH CAVE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION TheBritish Cave Research Associationis a UK registered charity, and a constituent body of theBritish Caving Association, undertaking charitable activities on behalf of BCA.
British Geological Survey karst research Information about limestone, gypsum and salt karst in the UK
Carbonate Processes and Palaeoenvironments, University of Bristol
CEK - Karst study center - Centre d'etude du karst
Cerknica Polje
Climate Changes - the Karst record II
Dolinen von Maulburg
Eine kurze Geschichte der Frankenalb
Global Water Partnership
Grotta Continua Trieste We are a group of friends with a long experience in the cave, that at some point in their lives came together, despite themselves , have to create from scratch a new group caves ... which is not absolutely simple, but in the end we got something quite unusual: the elimination of all forms of unnecessary bureaucracy from what, after all, is our free time. Continue Cave In fact, there is no head or any kind of social office: everyone, from time to time, takes care of various tasks depending on requirements and their individual needs. We have a statute or a regulation: fairness, common sense and experience of each were more than enough to send things going very well, at least so far! When it comes to make some decisions will always listen to everyone's advice, but gives greater weight to those who have worked longer and are committed, and this avoids a lot of problems and misunderstandings: if you want to "count" all 'inner group, you simply roll up their sleeves and work, that's all ... and the clever opportunists do not live with us! Do not benefit from any financial support, nor are we interested in obtaining: money is needed when a collection is targeted to meet the particular expenditure, and the problem is quickly solved. Among other things we should not worry about the rent of a home, we hold our meetings in the pub and no need for a reporting ... All this translates into a total freedom and independence of thought and action, the basic requirements for let those who really want to make "good" caving! And in fact the lack of legal personality, there has so far prevented, for example, to cooperate actively with institutions in environmental projects, or to obtain all permits and authorizations necessary to our business gradually, indicating that reliability, professionalism and Honesty sometimes worth more than a piece of paper, albeit branded ... This and more is TRIESTE CAVE CONTINUES ...
Helictit cavers club
International Research and Application Center for Karst Water Resources
INWEB The UNESCO Chair/International Network of Water-Environment Centres for the Balkans (INWEB) on sustainable management of water and conflict resolution was established in July 2003 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Department of Civil Engineering, Division of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Hydraulics Laboratory.
Karst Phenomena
Karstica European Network
KarstNet
Mine Caves in Gypsum Karst, Germany The historical copper shale mine excavations on the south-eastern flank of Harz Mountains have cut into numerous large caves in gypsum and anhydrite.
Mine caves on the south-eastern flank of the Harz Mountains (Saxony-Anhalt, Germany) The historical copper shale mine excavations on the south-eastern flank of Harz Mountains have cut into numerous large caves in gypsum and anhydrite.
Outline of Romanian Karst
Research Pages of Karst and Karst Water Resources
Slovene karst
Spanish Centre of Hydrogeology The Centre of Hydrogeology was set up by the University of Mlaga in response to the growing demand for water and to the problems encountered in this respect, in both its quality and its quantity, especially among Mediterranean countries.
Speleobloc
SPELEOLOGICAL ABSTRACTS Speleological Abstracts is an annual bibliographic listing of papers covering all topics of caving and cave science discussed each year in the international literature. Abstracts of most reports are provided, with increasing numbers provided in English.
Symposia on Karst Protection - Belgrade
The Association of Polish Geomorphologists The Association of Polish Geomorphologists is a scientific-professional and not-for-profit society dedicated to the advancement of the science of geomorphology as well as representative Polish geomorphologists over the country and abroad. The Association was founded in 1991.
The Karst in November
The Karst Research Institute, SAZU (Postojna, Slovenia)
The Limestone Research Group
The Moravian Karst
University of Aveiro Speleology Group (NEUA)
Wege im Klassischen Karst
Wild Places Publishing and Descent magazine Wild Places Publishing produces specialist caving publications, perhaps the best known being Descent magazine. In these pages you will find more about Descent as well as our other books and products, in addition to any late news received after the magazine went to print.
Working Group Cave & Subway Climatology The Working Group Cave- and Subway Climatology at the Department of Geography of the Ruhr-University Bochum, is specialised in basic research and advanced applied research in underground cavities. These are divided into natural (caves), man-modified (show caves) and cavities created by humans, in example subway systems. The group currently consists of five researchers and three student assistents.
World Cave Database
Yugoslav karst
North America
Adventure Caves USA
Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics The Atlas brims with dozens of images of the formations under a microscope (called "microfabrics"). Created by L. Bruce Railsback of the University of Georgia, Athens, as a reference, the site also includes a glossary and bibliography.
Atlas of Speleothem Microfabrics Speleothems are mineral deposits formed from groundwater within underground caverns. Stalagmites, stalactites, and other forms may be annually banded or contain compounds which can be radiometrically dated. Thickness of depositional layers or isotopic records can be used as climate proxies.
BIOSPELEOLOGY While this is clearly not a geoscience site, multidisciplinary studies between the biological and geosciences are increasing in karst regions, and this site offers considerable insight and information on cave biology.
Black Hills Hydrology Study
Canadian Karst Resources and Issues
Canadian Underworld Tours and Adventures
Cave Research Foundation
Cavernet
Caving Canada This site started in April 1996 to promote cave conservation in Canada and has gone from a single page site to one over 100 pages. It's a collection of articles and stories written by cavers for cavers and the general public. If you cave in Canada and have something you want to contribute, please pass it along.
Caving news
Center for Cave and Karst Studies
Center for Cave and Karst Studies
Center for Cave and Karst Studies--Western Kentucky University
Edwards Aquifer Authority
Environmental and Engineering Hazards of Karst
Evolution of Karst in the Lower Suwannee River Basin, Florida
Georgians for Pure Water
Germany Valley Karst Survey
Ground Water - Surface Water Exchange in the Unconfined Karstified Floridan Aquifer
Hidden River Cave
Hydrogeology Consortium
IAH Commission on Karst Hydrogeology
Illinois Speleological Survey, Inc. A Project of the National Speleological Society
Indiana Karst Conservancy
INDIANA KARST CONSERVANCY
Island Karst Research IKR was established to promote cave exploration,karst research, education and conservationon Vancouver Island.
Karst in British Columbia
Karst in British Columbia
Karst Information Portal The Karst Information Portal is an open-access digital library linking scientists, managers, and explorers to quality information resources in order to inform research, to enhance collaboration, and to address policy decisions concerning karst environments
KARST LANDSCAPES OF ILLINOIS Dissolving bedrock and collapsing soil
Karst Protection in Manitoba
Karst Resource Management Issues of Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Karst, a Complex Landscape Sculptured by Water
Lewis & Clark Caverns
Living on Karst
Madison Aquifer Study in the Rapid City Area
Mammoth Cave
Michigan Karst Conservancy
Minnesota Cave Preserve John Ackerman established the Minnesota Cave Preserve in 1989 to preserve, study, protect and to promote conscientious exploration and conservation of our unique underground wilderness.
Missouri Caves, Karst, and Springs
Missouri Springs - Jewels in the Ozarks
MISSOURI SPRINGS -- JEWELS IN THE OZARKS For the amateur geoscientist, this site has a lot good basic information on karst springs, and for the professional geoscientists, it offers a good overview of Missouri spring hydrogeology from which future investigations might be planned.
National Cave and Karst Management Symposium
National Cave and Karst Research Institute
National Cave Association
NSS Conservation and Management Section
Paleokarst in Iowa
Photo Gallery for Clarke County, Virginia
Physical Geology Tutor - Karst Features
Showcaves from Jochen Duckeck, German karst specialist, an extremely comprehensive site with resources relating to speleology, geology, geology, mines, subterranea, terminology, caving, caving-gear, cave-life speleothems, archaeology, historic caves, people, and literature.
Sinkholesin Pennsylvania
SOUTHEAST ALASKA PALEONTOLOGY Several papers on cave vertebrate paleontology in Alaska are included in this site.
Subsurface Evaluations, Inc.
SW Illinois Karst Priority Area
Texas Speleological Survey
The Arbuckle-Simpson Hydrology Study
The Edwards Aquifer website The Edwards Aquifer is a uniquegroundwatersystem and one of the most prolificartesian aquifersin the world. It is one of the greatest natural resources on Earth, serving the diverse agricultural, industrial, recreational, and domestic needs of almost two million users in south central Texas. Within this region and poised on the edge of the vast Chihuahuan desert lies San Antonio, America's 7th largest city. The city has a semi-arid climate, and water from the Edwards is the reason that 18th century Spanish missionaries were able to establish footholds like the Alamo here on the New World frontier. For over two centuries, San Antonio and many other cities in the surrounding region were able to grow and prosper without developing surface water or other water resources because of the Edwards Aquifer.
The ESRI Cave and Karst Web site GIS offers a variety of tools and capabilities used in the management, analysis, and visualization of cave and karst information. It is used for inventory and field data collection, both on the surface of the earth and underground, and is a powerful tool for collecting and integrating a wide variety of data.
The Home of Karst on the Web
The Iowa Grotto Iowa Chapter of theNational Speleological Society
The Karst Inventory Standards and Procedures (KISP) Project
The Woodville Karst Plain
USGS Water Resources
Weathering and Karst
West Virginia Cave Conservancy (WVCC)
South America
Brazilian Karst Research Institute
South American Landscape
International
3-D Geometric & Parameter Modeling of Phreatic Caves
Anchialine Caves and Cave Animals
Australian Speleology
Biospeleology Homepage
Biospeleology, Principal References
British Cave Research Association
Carbonates: Limestones & Dolostones
Cave and Karst Terminology by J.N. Jennings
Directory of online resources related to groundwater
Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA)
EncyclopaediaSpeleologica PracticorumBritannica (ESBri)
EPA Water Protection Homepage
Geography Matters for Cave and Karst Management and Research
Geoindicators: Karst activity
Glossary of Karst related terms
Glossary of Karst related terms by Arthur Clarke
International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre IGRAC facilitates and promotes world-wide exchange of groundwater knowledge to improve assessment, development and management of groundwater resources.
International Union of Speleology The Union Internationale de Splologie (UIS) is the international body for caving and speleology. Formed in 1965, its voting members consist of a delegate from each member country. This delegate represents the country's cavers and speleologists, rather than its national body(s). An elected Bureau runs the affairs of UIS between the 4-yearly General Assemblies held at the International Congresses. The actual speleological work of UIS is done by the members of its Commissions and Working Groups, which are open to everyone who is interested.
Journey into Amazing Caves
Karst Dynamics Laboratory
Karst Geomorphology and Hydrogeology, Principal References
Karst of Montenegro
Karst Waters Institute (KWI)
Le site de la karstologie
Living with Sinkholes
Mysterious Life of Caves
National Speleological Society (NSS; U.S.)
Profundezas Caving news on a blog, online since 2004
Speleological Abstracts(SA/BBS)
Speleology and Karstology from Links to Great Earth-Science Resources
Sustainable Development & Management of Karst Terrain - IGU Karst Commission
The Caver's Multi-Lingual Dictionary
THE COMMISSION ON VOLCANIC CAVES
The Groundwater Foundation
The Hydrogeologists Home Page
The Jamaican Caves Organisation
The Virtual Cave
UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis
UIS Informatics Commission (UISIC) The aim of UISIC is to encourage and facilitate the systematic collection and responsible use of cave, karst and related data on an international basis. Formed in 1986 at the 9th International Congress of Speleology, UISIC is a Commission of the Union Internationale de Splologie (UIS).