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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 cave bubble is a nonattached hollow sphere, usually of calcite, that has formed around a gas bubble on the surface of a cave pool.?

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Featured articles from Cave & Karst Science Journals
Chemistry and Karst, White, William B.
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Karst environment, Culver D.C.
Mushroom Speleothems: Stromatolites That Formed in the Absence of Phototrophs, Bontognali, Tomaso R.R.; D’Angeli Ilenia M.; Tisato, Nicola; Vasconcelos, Crisogono; Bernasconi, Stefano M.; Gonzales, Esteban R. G.; De Waele, Jo
Calculating flux to predict future cave radon concentrations, Rowberry, Matt; Marti, Xavi; Frontera, Carlos; Van De Wiel, Marco; Briestensky, Milos
Microbial mediation of complex subterranean mineral structures, Tirato, Nicola; Torriano, Stefano F.F;, Monteux, Sylvain; Sauro, Francesco; De Waele, Jo; Lavagna, Maria Luisa; D’Angeli, Ilenia Maria; Chailloux, Daniel; Renda, Michel; Eglinton, Timothy I.; Bontognali, Tomaso Renzo Rezio
Evidence of a plate-wide tectonic pressure pulse provided by extensometric monitoring in the Balkan Mountains (Bulgaria), Briestensky, Milos; Rowberry, Matt; Stemberk, Josef; Stefanov, Petar; Vozar, Jozef; Sebela, Stanka; Petro, Lubomir; Bella, Pavel; Gaal, Ludovit; Ormukov, Cholponbek;
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Latest Blog Posts

International Contest of Kid’s Drawing "Caves in the Eyes of our Children"

Ukrainian Speleological Association (UkrSA), the Editors board of the UkrSA “The Light” magazine and UkrSA Commission "Children and Caves" invite young artists to take part in the 4th International Contest of Kid’s Drawing "Caves in the Eyes of our Children" Contest will be held in the following age categories: up to 6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13 years and older We are looking forward to your work from March 15 to April 15, 2016 Jury decision will be taken by April 24 Prizes and diplomas will be sent to the winners by mail. ...Read more
Helga on 12 Mar, 2016

Any papers/works on "fracking" in karst?

Hi Folks: Has anyone come across any scientific work examining concerns over hydraulic fracturing in karst settings? I have seen plenty of opinions, but nothing very thoughtful or data-based Or any case studies Thanks, Ira ids@uakronedu. ...Read more
irasasowsky on 05 Sep, 2015


“Cave Diving” By Pierre Boudinet Hardcover | 6x9 in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781493193844 Softcover | 6x9 in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781493193851 E-Book | 374 pages | ISBN 9781493193868 Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble The art of cave diving has been considered as a very dangerous past time, what with its participant’s propensity to diving inside underground galleries totally filled with water In “Cave Diving” (published by Xlibris UK) the author Pierre Boudinet creates an eye-opening read on this remarkable art form "Cave Diving"shows readers how, through all the ups and downs of life, the author has always been pushed toward cave diving From childhood to the present time, he explains what has shaped and sharpened him for this activity, which is regarded as very hazardous and engaged He explains how this nonpaid activity is linked with the other parts of his life. ...Read more
p.boudinet on 23 Jul, 2015

Speleology of Georgia

Dear colleagues, I would like to inform you, that in Republic of Georgia created Speleological Society of Georgia By following a link below you can read interesting information about speleology of Georgia https://speleologygeorgia wordpresscom/. ...Read more
lasharela on 25 Apr, 2015

Geocaching in Relation to Caves

Hello I work for the BLM, Roswell Field office and was wondering if anyone knows how to actually get in contact with Geocachingcom? There doesn't seem to be a way of communicating a serious issue to them, that being geocaches in or near caves On doing a search on Geocachingcom for "caves" and then reading the cache logs for various caves that appear, you read hair-raising things about near-rescue (and likely actual ones - people who have no clue as to what's the deal on caves), obvious damage to caves by uneducated cachers (graffiti, etc). ...Read more
MikeBilbo on 29 Oct, 2014

Is it a karst terrane, karst terrain, or both?

~~According to the US Geological Survey, a terrane is defined as “A rock formation or assemblage of rock formations that share a common geologic history A geologic terrane is distinguished from neighboring terranes by its different history, either in its formation or in its subsequent deformation and/or metamorphism” “Terrane” is also used to describe an area or region with a distinctive stratigraphy, structure, and geological history. ...Read more on 28 Oct, 2014

Karst Division is created in the GSA

Greetings Fellow GSA Member and Karst Aficionado! I personally want to thank you very much for signing our petition a year ago! Thanks to the efforts of a large number of people, I am very pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 22 at the annual meeting, GSA Council approved our application and so the GSA Karst Division has been officially created Officers for our inaugural year are as follows Chair and JTPC representative: Cory BlackEagle, Earth and Environmental Science, University of Kentucky 1st Vice Chair: Bonnie Blackwell, Chemistry Department, Williams College 2nd Vice Chair: Jason Polk, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, Western Kentucky University Secretary: Penny Boston, Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech Treasurer: Ben Tobin, National Park Service Webmaster: Pat Kambesis, Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, Western Kentucky University Why a Karst Division? Our justification statement, for your interest, to give you an idea of our emphases and missions Karst is a terrain comprised of distinctive landforms and hydrology which relies on the host rock being highly soluble in the presence of naturally-occurring acids Karst terrain is an open system that contains geological, hydrological, biological, geochemical, and meteorological components that interact with and upon one another both at the surface of the Earth and in the subsurface. ...Read more on 27 Oct, 2014

Spanish caver injured in a deep cave in Peru.

Cecilio López-Tercero, profesional speleologist was injured during the exploration of the karst system in Leymebamba, Amazonas, located in the Andean Cordillera The fatality occured the past Thursday, 18th of September during an international exploration at 400 meters depth The caver was seriously injured by a falling of 5 meters First reports said that he is in conscience and his life is not in danger Several Rescue Teams of Spain and South America were displaced to the cave and are right now working hard to extract the caver from the hollow black pitch. ...Read more
Raul Perez-Lopez on 21 Sep, 2014

Perspectives on the ‘Four-State Model’ of cave genesis in the dimensions of length and depth

Perspectives on the ‘Four-State Model’ of cave genesis in the dimensions of length and depth, and a Critique of ‘Looping caves’ versus ‘water table caves’: The role of base-level changes and recharge variations in cave development’ (Gabrovsek, Häuselmann and Audra, 2014) Derek Ford, June 2014 A INTRODUCTION In the past twenty years the ‘Four State Model’ to describe and explain the long section geometric form of standard meteoric water dissolutional cave systems that I first presented more than forty years ago (Ford 1971) has come under criticism for being either incomplete or in error; eg Audra 1994; Worthington 2004; Gabrovšek and Dreybrodt 2001; Häuselmann, Jeannin and Monbaron 2003; Audra and Palmer 2013; Gabrovšek, Häuselmann and Audra 2014. ...Read more
DerekFord on 08 Jun, 2014

Cave Collapse Evolution Graduate Student Research Positions

Limestone Cave Collapse Evolution As An Analog for Long-Term Rock Behavior Abstract Long-term rock behavior is important for understanding the degradation and failure of rock slopes, underground excavations, dam and bridge foundations, national monuments, and other critical rock structures Natural underground caverns are an ideal geologic analog for studying long-term rock behavior, because of the relatively constant climate and the preservation of rockfalls that accumulate on the floor of the cave over thousands of years In this study, the evolution of rock degradation and failure in the Kartchner caverns in southern Arizona will be investigated, using a unique combination of radiometric dating and state-of-the-art geomechanics techniques First of all, to date the evolution of rockfall that has occurred in the cave over the last 100,000 years, both U-TH and Carbon dating will be used Because Kartchner is a live cave, speleothems occur on many of the rockfall blocks, and small cores will be taken at the base of these speleothems for dating. ...Read more
johnny.lyonsbaral on 04 Jun, 2013

Kohrang spring

This is kohrang spring in Chaharmahal va bakhtyari province in Iran It flow through a karstic speleo in Zagros mountain Average discharge is about 8m3/s UTM:39s X=411000,Y=3590950. ...Read more
aliakbarsaba on 02 Jun, 2013

New Open Access movement guidelines

Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online WASHINGTON -- In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition today issued new guidelines (http://wwwsorosorg/openaccess/boai-10-recommendations) that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement (http://wwwsoros. ...Read more
Klimchouk on 12 Sep, 2012

Is the bottom really the bottom?

After viewing the pictures of the exploration of Kubera cave, I asked myself why is there a depression in the sand at the bottom of the cave? Certainly if this is the bottom of a hole, where is the water that must seep to this level of a hole in the ground? This bottom has to be a sandy, rocky filter that allows the water to drain even deeper Removing the plug could be very difficult, or not But drilling an exploratory hole for a camera could prove very exciting results. ...Read more
DandRaven on 12 Aug, 2012

The Speleogenesis Community has reached 700 members

Yesterday our membership has reached 700 It has doubled during last three years, which indicates that the Speleogenesis site and the UIS KHS Commission (now in a close cooperation with the IAH Karst Commission) successfully perform their roles in fostering the development of karstology and geospeleology, and international cooperation and information exchange in these fields We have developed a lot of important services in the Speleogenesis site, and many tools that allow members to directly participate in information exchange and resource development I would like to use this occasion to encourage members to actively use these tools For your convenience, access to most of them is assembled in your Member Area, which you can enter whenever you have logged in. ...Read more
Klimchouk on 03 Aug, 2012

Speleogenesis Blog is launched!

We are happy to launch a new feature on the Speleogenesis website, - Speleogenesis Blog You can access it using the above link, but also from the Home menu in the site's main page and from your Member area (when you are logged in under your credentials) The Speleogenesis Blog is intended to be an informal discussion and information forum for the karst and geospeleology science community It is designed as a "multi-author blog", with posts to be written by any Speleogenesis member Using simple online editor, you can nicely format your post and insert images and links. ...Read more
Klimchouk on 10 Jul, 2012

HypoKarst Project

The HypoKarst project is an informal international effort to coordinate and promote researches in hypogene karst and speleogenesis The main objective is to advance our understanding of solution conduit and void development in those parts of the sedimentary cover that lie below the domain of shallow unconfined groundwater flow systems This is important in order to better apprehend karst evolution, improve general karst paradigm and its applicability and effectiveness for solving related practical problems For more information about the project objectives and activities visit the HypoKarst Project page This page has been recently updated to include some more individual researchers and groups that have joined the HypoKarst project, new information about specific projects conducted by certain groups, and the link to KarstBase selection of papers on hypogenic karst/speleogenesis (currently 186 titles, with abstracts and links to full publications). ...Read more
Klimchouk on 10 Jul, 2012

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