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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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That wetting period is the period of contact between a liquid and a solid surface during which wetting occurs [16].?

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PhD Ramanathan Baskar (India)

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Professor R. Baskar, FGS (Ind.)

Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology

Hisar 125 001, Haryana, India

Telefax: 00 91 1662 278729

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Dr. R. Baskar, born in 1965, is currently working as a Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar, Haryana, India since 22.08.2010. Presently, the nature of job responsibility includes mainly teaching, research and associated administrative activities.

He studied Geology at the Panjab University, Chandigarh receiving Masters Degree in 1988, M.Phil Degree with distinction in 1989 and PhD Degree in 1992.  During his doctoral program he obtained Junior Research Fellowship (1988-90) from Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He was a recipient of the prestigious Dr. K.S. Krishnan Department of Atomic Energy Research Fellowship (1990), Government of India. He was awarded Senior Research Fellowship (1992-1993) by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India. He was awarded ICSC World Laboratory Scholarship (1990-1991) to work at the University of Paris-Sud, France during his doctoral program. He was at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun and was awarded Research Associate ship (1993) by the Department of Ocean Development, Government of India. He was awarded Research Associate ship (1993-1995) by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi to work at the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

As a faculty member of the University, he has been awarded several UGC major research projects. He was invited as an Academic Guest in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland (1.11.2003-4.7.2004), Centre for Geobiology, Norway (5.08.2008-9.4.2009) and Stockholm University, Sweden (1.07.2009-23.8.2009). His interest in academics is reflected by his active participation in several national and international conferences, workshops, training programs.  His research has recently taken a new direction into the field of geomicrobiology in an attempt to understand the influence of microbes on mineral dissolution/precipitation and environmental geochemistry of speleothems. He has been professing for the seamless integration of geology and biology and has been one of the pioneering workers in the field of cave geomicrobiology in India. He has published a number of research papers along with other workers, which has resulted in the significant advancement of fundamental knowledge about mineral-microbe interactions.

As a teacher he is 24x7x365 available for his students. He uses all tools provided by technology as teaching aids: from traditional blackboard to the models, slides, overhead projectors, videos and the web. Teaching is his passion. He has introduced courses in environmental geology, geobiology, geomicrobiology and natural hazards. He is actively involved in the preparation of study material for post-graduate diploma in Environmental Management (distance mode) of Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, Hisar.

He has professionally updated himself with post-graduate diploma in Environmental Management (2007) and post-graduate diploma in Environmental Economics (2008) from University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad. He has completed post-graduate diploma in Environmental Law (2012) from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bangalore.

He strongly believes that public engagement with science is essential with a high level of outreach activities. He has completed one year Training course in Science Journalism (2011-2012) conducted by the Indian Science Communication Society (ISCOS), Lucknow. He is also a Corresponding member, Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management (GEM), (IUGS), Netherlands. He is also the Deputy Council Member in India for IGEO (International Geoscience Education Organization). He regularly conducts International Earth Science Olympiad Test for School students in Hisar on behalf of the Geological Society of India. He is also the Regional Co-ordinator, Hisar district for the Society for Promotion of Science and Technology in India (SPSTI). He regularly delivers popular scientific lectures in the schools, colleges and has written a number of popular science articles.


  1. Baskar S, Baskar R, Thorseth I H, Øvreas L, Pedersen R B 2012. Microbially induced iron precipitation associated with a neutrophilic spring at Borra caves, Vishakapatanam, India. Astrobiology, Volume 12, Number 4, 327-346
  2. Baskar S, Baskar R and Routh. J. 2011. Biogenic Evidences of Moonmilk deposits in the Krem Mawmluh Cave, Meghalaya, India. Geomicrobiology Journal, 28, 3, 252-265, Taylor and Francis Publication Publication.
  3. Baskar S, Baskar R, Lee N and Theophilus P.K. 2009. Speleothem formations of Mawsmai caves and Krem Phyllut caves, Meghalaya, India: Some biogenic evidences. Environmental Geology, 2009 (Springer Publication), Volume 57, Number 5, 1169-1186.
  4. Baskar S, Baskar R and Barton HA 2009. Cave Geomicrobiology in the Indian context. Current Science, Vol. 97, No. 5, 620-622.
  5. Baskar S and Baskar R. 2009. Geobiology and Geomicrobiology: Importance and need for studies in the Indian context, Current Science, Vol. 96, No 1, 200-201.
  6. Baskar S, Baskar R, Lee N, Kaushik A and Theophilus P.K. 2008 Precipitation of iron in the microbial mats of the spring waters of Borra Caves, Vishakapatnam, India: Some geomicrobiological aspects. Environmental Geology, Springer Publication, Vol. 56, No.2 237-243.
  7. Baskar, S Baskar R and Kaushik A 2007 Evidences for Microbial Involvement in the genesis of Speleothem Carbonates, Borra Caves, Vishakapatanam, India. Current Science, Vol. 92 (No. 3), pp 350-355.
  8. Baskar S, Baskar R, L.Mauclaire and McKenzie J.A 2006 Microbially induced calcite precipitation by Culture Experiments: Possible origin for Stalactites in Sahastradhara, Dehradun, India. Current Science, Vol. 90 (No. 1), pp 58-64.
  9. Baskar S, R. Baskar, L.Mauclaire and J.A.McKenzie 2005 Role of microbial community in stalactite formation, Sahastradhara caves, Dehradun, India. Current Science, Vol. 88 (No. 8), pp 1305-1308.
  10. Baskar S, R. Baskar and Anubha Kaushik 2003 Role of Microorganisms in the Konkan-Goa laterite formations.  Current Science, Vol.85, pp 1129-1134.


  1. Natural Disasters (First Edition) by Dr.S. Baskar and Dr.R.Baskar, 2009 Unicorn Publishers, New Delhi, 159p.
  2. Environmental Sciences for Engineering Undergraduates (First Edition) (As per AICTE notified syllabus), Dr. S. Baskar and Dr. R. Baskar, 2007 Unicorn Publishers, New Delhi, 166p.
  3. Environmental Studies (First Edition) (As per UGC notified syllabus for undergraduates), Dr. S. Baskar and Dr. R. Baskar, 2007 Unicorn Publishers, New Delhi, 363p.


  1. Natuschka M. Lee, Daniela B. Meisinger, Roman Aubrecht, Lubomir Kovacic, Baskar S, Baskar R, Cesaero Saiz Jimenez, Megan Porter and Annette S. Engel,  2012.  Caves and Karst Environments, published in Life at Extremes: Environments, Organisms and Strategies for Survival, pp 320-344. Edited by E.M Bell, CABI Publishing.
  2. Baskar, S and Baskar, R 2012. Calcite Moonmilk controversy: An Overview, pp. 231-243. Published in Calcite, Edited by Joana Dobrev and Petra Markoviæ, Nova Publishing, New York.
  3. Baskar S, Baskar R, Tiwari V, Thorseth IH, Øvreas L, Lee NM and Routh J. 2011. Cave geomicrobiology in India: Status and prospects, The Stromatolites: Interaction of microbes with sediments. Eds. Joseph Seckbach and Vinod Tewari. Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, 2011, Volume 18, Part 5, 541-569, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-0397-1_24, Springer Publication.

Last updated 17 September 2012