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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 magnesite is a cave mineral - mgco3 [11].?

Checkout all 2699 terms in the KarstBase Glossary of Karst and Cave Terms

PhD Derek Ford (Canada)

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Address: 187 Cedar Island Road Orillia, ON L3V 1T2, Canada
Affiliation: School of Geography and Earth Sciences,
McMaster University,
Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1,
Specialization: Geomorphology
Instrumentation: My colleague, Henry Schwarcz,ourgraduatestudentsandI were the effective pioneers of U series dating of speleothems, their paleomagnetism, and did most of the early stable isotope analysis. Henry still operates two mass specs for D/H, 16O:18O and trace elemental analysis but I have ceased seeking funding for such work ( having had my fair share and perhaps more than that).
Geoactivity: In the past, in every continent except Africa.
These days chiefly in the Canadian Rockies and the Northwest Territories, in China, and anywhere else that can offer interesting problems and help pay/contribute to my expenses. I still thoroughly enjoy travel, meeting old friends in karst and making new ones.
Interests: I am interested in and experienced in most standard areas of karst and cave research, including speleogenesis, karst morphogenesis, hydrogeology, geochemistry,speleothempaleoenvironmental analysis, paleokarst phenomena, conservation, technical applied studies such as collapse hazard or leaking dams, park and show cave development, etc.
During my fulltime career at McMaster University I conducted or directed karst and cave research in more than thirty nations, supervised or co-supervised more than 60 PhD and MSc students to completion and hosted ~30 post-doctoral students and visiting scientists. I also did a lot of consulting for the national parks and other government organisations in Canada, the USA and other nations. My publication list has >250 entries.
I am now retired and have just finished supervising my final PhD and Post-doc students. Paul Williams and I produced the second edition of our karst textbook, entitled Karst Hydrogeology and Geomorphology, in April 2007. It is published by John Wiley, Chichester, UK. My interests now are primarily in consulting, conservation and park or other preserve creation. I still enjoy caving but am slow in crawls and no good now on big drops or free diving of siphons.
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