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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 site characterization is means the program of exploration and research, both in the laboratory and in the field, undertaken to establish the geologic conditions and the ranges of those parameters relevant to a particular site. site characterization includes borings, surface excavations, excavation of exploratory shafts, limited subsurface lateral excavations and borings, and in situ testing at depth needed to determine the suitability of the site for a geologic repository, but does not include preliminary borings and geophysical testing needed to decide whether site characterization should be undertaken [22].?

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Cave and Karst Science, 2008, Vol 35, Issue 1, p. 41-46
New records for Cirolanides texensis Benedict, 1896 (Isopoda: Cirolanidae), including possible extirpations at impacted Texas caves
Abstract:
Examination of published literature and available records for the aquifer adapted isopod Cirolanides texensis indicates it is known from only 36 localities. Sampling over the last decade has increased the known range to 57 sites. The author counted individuals at 30 sites and recorded an average of 10.6 individuals (range 069) per site. For 13 sites where search effort was recorded, an average of 1.3 visits was required to locate the species and the average number of isopods found per person minute of searching was 0.680.28. The species was not recorded at three cave sites historically known to contain C. texensis despite an average or above average search effort. These sites have also experienced the greatest human impact, suggesting that the species might have been extirpated. The human activities include the commercialization of a cave, modification of the flood regime, and in two cases those activities led to extirpation of a bat colony. At one site C. texensis persisted after extirpation of a bat colony, indicating that the energy regime for this species is not strictly dependent on bats, however the elevated resource availability might increase the potential for detection. In the future, resource managers should consider anthropogenic activities that might impact caves activities and cause extirpation of Cirolanides texensis isopods, and other hypogean species.