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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, 2011, Vol 62, Issue -3, p. 27-30
Eisdatierung und Eisveränderungen im Kraterschacht (1651/24, Sengsengebirge, Oberösterreich) zwischen 1992 und 2009
Abstract:
The Kraterschacht (1651/24) in the Sengsengebirge (Upper Austria) opens at an altitude of 1500 m at the southern flank of this high alpine mountain range. Discovered in 1990, the shaft leads to a depth of –250 m through two main chambers, the entrance shaft reaching –90 m and finally a huge chamber of some 150.000 m³. This fault-oriented passage is largely filled with cave-ice that formed due to the compression of snow that easily entered through the entrance shaft with its cross sectional area of 700 m². From 1992 to 2009 the cave-ice body with an ice-density up to 880 kg/m³ lost 6000 m³ (6%) of its volume. This is only three times more than the annual fluctuation of ice volume. The 14C-age of a small twig from near the ice-base (1030 to 1225 AD) points towards a most likely high-medieval age of the cave-ice.