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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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Original article

Die Hoehle, 2006, Vol 57, Issue -3, p. 3-16
Strategisch wichtige Wasserressourcen im Tennengebirge und ihr gesetzlicher Schutz vor Privatisierungen: Geologische, hydrologische und juristische Fakten
Abstract:
The Tennengebirge Massif (Salzburg, Austria) is of outstanding economic importance regarding its drinking-water ressources and has the potential to supply a city or area with the population of for instance - Vienna with high quality drinking water. Strategically important headwaters - i.e. those that are large enough to satisfy the long-term need for drinking-water - are located at: (a) Pa Lueg and adjacent valley sediments, (b) Oberscheffau and Abtenau also including valley sediments, and (c) Lammerursprung and Wengerau. The geological and hydrological facts indicate that the karstwater body of the Tennengebirge Massif has to be considered as vertically and horizontally connected network of waterways with main springs of prime strategical importance mainly at the northern margin of the massif. As proven by karsthydrological tracer experiments, the drainage area of these important springs comprises the whole central plateau of the Tennengebirge Massif including its southern flank down to about 1000 - 1300 m above sea level where the clastical Werfen beds form the semi-permeable base of thick Triassic dolomites and limestones. Glaciofluvial valley sediments, adjacent to the Massif are alimented by superficial and underground karstwaters (Upper Lammertal, Lammerursprung, Wengerau), representing ground water bodies of prime importance for drinking-water supplies. The sterreichische Bundesforste AG is about to sell a large area of 800 hectars in the southeastern part of the Tennengebirge Massif to a private industrialist. Our analysis of the geological-hydrological facts clearly shows that this area is integral part of the strategical important and sensitive karstwater body of the Massif and the adjacent ground water body in the uppermost Lammer Valley. Based on these facts and on the subsequent application of Austrian law ( 1 Abs. 3 lit. 3a Bundesforstegesetz 1996) this sale is considered to be illegal.