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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 glacier cave is 1. a cave carved out of the ice inside a glacier, not to be confused with an ice cave. passages are formed by meltwater descending from the glacier surface via crevasses, or by melting on the glacier base. through caves may connect sinkholes (sometimes called moulins) to glacier snout resurgences, but due to ice movement most glacier caves are ephemeral. the most extensively explored glacier caves were the paradise caves on mount rainier, usa, whose passages extended for many kilometers, before the glacier wasted away and the caves were destroyed [9]. 2. cave in ice formed within or at the base of a glacier [10].?

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ENDINS/Endins, 2011, Issue 35, p. 147-164

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LA COVA DES PAS DE VALLGORNERA (Llucmajor, Mallorca). LA CAVITAT DE MAJOR DESENVOLUPAMENT DE LES ILLES BALEARS

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Abstract:

Cova des Pas de Vallgornera is located in the Llucmajor municipality, Mallorca island, being the longest cave in the Balearic archipelago: currently its surveyed length is over 65.000 metres. It is a really unique cave within the endokarst of the Migjorn region of the island, not only because its development but also for the great deal of uncommon speleothems and solution morphologies. Regarding geological and geomorphologic aspects, this exceptional site clearly shows a very strong control imposed by the lithologic factors –the architecture of the Upper Miocene reef– on the pattern and the morphological features of the system. Furthermore, the cave supplies evidences of a multi-folded speleogenesis that includes besides the coastal mixing zone dissolution, a noticeable epigenic recharge as well as a possible basal recharge of hypogenic origin. All this together, makes the cave certainly outstanding even at an international level. The cave is under the protection of Conselleria de Medi Ambient, Govern de les Illes Balears (the Regional Environmental Authority) and was declared Site of Community Importance, within the Natura 2000 Network (European Council Directive 92/43/EEC). Access to the cave is highly restricted and only surveying and investigation tasks are authorized by the Regional Authority

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Keywords: mallorca island, karst

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