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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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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
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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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Cave and Karst Science, 2011, Vol 38, Issue 2, p. 81-92
The aquatic macro-invertebrate fauna of Swildon's Hole, Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK

Swildon's Hole is the longest cave on the Mendip Hills of Somerset (UK) and carries a sinking surface stream that can be followed throughout the cave to the terminal sump (XII). Within the cave, the main stream is joined by several tributaries, some of which are fed by autogenic percolating water. Sampling of the aquatic invertebrate communities of Swildon's Hole was undertaken at thirteen sites: nine sites on the main stream, of which eight were within the cave and the other was on the surface stream prior to the cave entrance; and four autogenic tributaries. The fauna of the main stream primarily comprised surface (epigean) dwelling benthic species that had been transported into the cave. The fauna of the tributaries was dominated by stygobitic species, including the Crustacea Proasellus cavaticus (Leydig, 1971 sensu Henry, 1970), Niphargus fontanus (Bate, 1859) andMicroniphargus leruthi (Schellenberg, 1934).
Records of the latter species are the first confirmed records from the UK. The results of the survey are discussed, along with a summary of the historical records of aquatic invertebrate species from the cave system. The survey represents only the second systematic, documented study of aquatic invertebrate fauna in a British cave system and the first to be conducted south of the Devensian glacial maxima limit, where stygobitic species are more likely to be encountered. The fauna of the cave, especially the presence of three species of stygobitic Crustacea and several other species that could be considered to be stygophilic, was found to be of significant importance and highlighted the need for additional studies of a similar nature in other cave systems on the Mendip Hills and in South Wales.