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A world review of fungi, yeasts, and slime molds in caves
Karen J. Vanderwolf, David Malloch, Donald F. McAlpine, and Graham J. Forbes

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Recreational caving impacts of visitors in a high-altitude cave in Bolivian Andes: main effects on microhabitat structure and faunal distribution
Lais Furtado Oliveira, Rodrigo L. Ferreira, Jaime Iván Rodríguez Fernández, and Marconi Souza Silva

  • Humajalanta cave presented 32 invertebrate species, six of them troglomorphic
  • The species composition between visited and non-visited areas differed significantly
  • Singular components of microhabitat determined the similarity of the non-troglobitic fauna
  • Microhabitat heterogeneity determined the non-troglobite species richness
  • Impacts of weak visitation did not determine faunal differentiation between areas

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Sulfuric acid speleogenesis and surface landform evolution along the Vienna Basin Transfer Fault: Plavecký Karst, Slovakia
Pavel Bella, Helena Hercman, Šimon Kdýr, Petr Mikysek, Petr Pruner, Juraj Littva, Jozef Minár, Michal Gradzinski, Wojciech Wróblewski, Marek Velšmid, and Pavel Bosak

  • Multi-phased hypogene speleogenesis occured at the fault interface of a horst-graben structure
  • Sulfuric acid speleogenesis is identified by morphological and mineralogical evidence
  • Cave levels are featured by flat corrosion floors and fissure discharge feeders
  • Formation of cave levels is linked to the subsidence history of the Vienna Basin
  • U-series dating and paleomagnetic analysis of Early–Middle Pleistocene deposits were conducted

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Tracer tests in karst hydrogeology and speleology
Nico Goldscheider, Joe Meiman, Michiel Pronk, and Christopher Smart

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Safe and effective disinfection of show cave infrastructure in a time of COVID-19
Hazel A. Barton

  • Showcaves have unique challenges to coronavirus disinfection
  • The chemistry of coronaviruses suggest they will adsorb to limestone
  • The chemistry of limestone surfaces is likely to inactivate coronaviruses
  • Effective disinfectants with minimal impact on caves were identified
  • Face masks and social distancing remain critical in preventing disease

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Absence of visitors during lockdown reveals natural variation in carbon dioxide level in the Glowworm Cave, Waitomo, New Zealand
David J. Merritt, Chris Hendy Dr, and Shannon Corkill Ms

  • We assess the natural microclimate of the cave over 60 days with no visitation
  • Visitors increased the cave temperature but the effect was short-lived due to cave ventilation
  • During lockdown, the usual daily increase in carbon dioxide due to visitors was absent
  • The partial pressure of carbon dioxide level naturally lies above the external atmospheric levels
  • Rain and flood events led to increases in carbon dioxide partial pressure

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