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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, 2010, Vol 61, Issue -3, p. 48-56
Wachstumsphasen von Stalagmiten im Katerloch (2833/59)
This article gives an overview on the time intervals in the past documented by absolutely dated stalagmites from Katerloch Cave, one of Austrias most well known and highly decorated dripstone caves. The dating results are compared with those of two other caves in the region, Blasloch and Moos - schacht. Multiple subsamples obtained along the growth axes of eight stalagmites from Katerloch were analyzed by a state-ofthe- art Uranium-Thorium dating technique. In total, 83 individual measurements were conducted, and this data set is currently one of the most comprehensive ones of caves in the Alpine realm. Four stalagmites (K1, K3, K7, K8) and a segment of stalagmite K5 formed during the current warm period (Holocene). K8 started its growth 2.4 kyr before present (1 kyr = 1000 years), i.e. during the Iron Age. Three stalagmites (K1, K3, K7) formed between 11 and 10 kyr, i.e. during the early Holocene, and the largest stalagmite (K7, 170 cm) stopped growing already 6.5 kyr before present. The average growth rate of these samples ranges from 0.2 to 0.7 mm/yr, which is very high compared to typical stalagmites from alpine cave sites. Stalagmites K5 and K6 grew for a few thousand years after ca. 59 and 60 kyr, respectively, i.e. during the last ice age (Wrmian Glacial). The mean growth rates are significantly lower (0.1-0.2 mm/yr). The two oldest of the eight stalagmites studied (K2 and K4) formed since ca. 129 kyr, i.e. during the early Last Interglacial. The mean growth rates (0.5-0.6 mm/yr) were similar to those in the Holocene. In addition, dating of drill cores from large, in-situ stalagmites in Katerloch revealed ages of more than half a million years (Boch et al., 2006a).