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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 light hole is (jamaican.) 1. a hole in the roof of a cave through which light enters; sometimes a nonfunctioning swallow hole [20]. 2. fossil or abandoned swallow hole [10].?

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Original article

Die Hoehle, 2007, Vol 58, Issue -3, p. 50-57
Die Schneekogelhöhle als Teil des Almberg-Höhlensystems (1624/18)
Abstract:
The Schneekegelhöhle (1624/110 a-b) is located in the western part of the Totes Gebirge mountain range near Bad Aussee, Styria, Austria. Its entrance lies on the plateau of the Almberg north of the Grundlsee. In particular, two caves are well known in this area: The Großes Almbergloch (1624/16) and the Almberg-Eisund-Tropfsteinhöhle (1624/18 a-b). The Schneekegelhöhle was discovered by chance in 1978 while members of the german caving-clubs VHM (Munich) and FHKF (Nuremberg) were searching for the upper entrance of the Almberg-Eis-und-Tropfsteinhöhle. In those days, the cave ended up after 810 m of length with no rospect on new discoveries. Years after, new galleries could be explored due to melting ice. Since 2004, the exploration of the Schneekegelhöhle and the caves of the Almberg is the aim of “Projekt Almberg”, by members of the FHKF, supported by the Verein für Höhlenkunde in Obersteier (VHO). Its cavers decided to proceed in former explorations and to create a new survey, including all new parts. The aim was to establish a new cave-map of the Almberg in form of an atlas-system, based on fixed surface-coordi-nates. These works were carried out in 2005/06, leading so far to a total length of 1986 m of subterranean galleries with a depth of 258 m. Additional measurements at the surface were necessary and have been conducted with professional support, using a modern realtime kinematik-GPS unit. Due to the exploration of exciting new parts in the cave, we were able to discover two connections to the Almberg-Eis-und-Tropfsteinhöhle. Therefore a new cave-system, the Almberg-Höhlensystem (1624/18 a-d), with a total length of 8279 m has been established. Current aims of research are surveying, cave-climate-monitoring (including radonmeasurements) and cave-fauna-samples.