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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 level is 1. within a cave, a group of passages developed in the same horizontal plane [10]. 2. the altitudinal relation of a cave floor to an outside surface [10]. 3. the surface of water in a well or standing reservoir [16].?

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Close Kuzgun Cave and its Context: the first super-deep cave in the Aladaglar Massif, Turkey

Acknowledgements

We should acknowledge remarkable enthusiasm, dedication, persistence and faith to the success of many cavers involved into the recent cave explorations in Aladaglar: Fedotov Dmitry, Ghuravel Valentyn, Ilingin Evgeny, Ishchenko Feliks, Kadubenko Oleksandr, Karpechenko Oleksandr, Khapov Oleksandr , Kondrat'ev Al'bert, Kopchynskiy Alexey, Kovalyov Andriy, Lyakhovets Sergiy, Markovskoy Kyrylo, Medvedyeva Kateryna, Romanenko Andriy, Romanov Yevgen, Ryazanova Olga , Samokhin Gennadiy, Shevchenko Olena, Sokolchuk Ihor, Solovyov Mykolay, Sytsykhovskiy Dmytro, Tivilev Eugeny, Tsebenko Oleg, Tymoshevska Yuliya, Verchenko Andriy, and Yablokova Natalia (Ukraine); Baydar Tarik, Coskuner Turkay, Erdogan Alisar, Ozel Emrah, Ozel Emrullah, Ozyurt Nur, Pekkan Emrah, Altay Birhan and Sahin Cumhur (Turkey); Taylor Marcus and Wiseman Andrew (Britain). See Photo 40 and Photo 41 members of 2003 and 2004 expeditions).

The studies and explorations in Aladaglar were supported by the General Directory of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA), Department of Geological Engineering of the Hacettepe University (Ankara) and Institute of Geological Sciences of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences (Kiev). Mr. Emrullah Ozel and Dr. Nur Ozyurt provided invaluable contribution to both organization and field studies. Certain expeditions of the project in 2001-2004 had been partially sponsored by the Ukrferry Company (Odessa, Ukraine), Motor Sich (Zaporozhje, Ukraine), Onyx Company (Simferopol, Ukraine), Leica Geosystems (Switzerland), Kim Cunningham's Foundation (USA). The project expedition in 2004 had been partially sponsored by the National Geographic Society (USA).