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Mg records of two stalagmites from B7-Cave (northwest Germany) indicating long-term precipitation changes during Early to Mid-Holocene
Dana F. C. Riechelmann, Klaus Peter Jochum, Detlev K. Richter, and Denis Scholz

  • Redating of B7-Cave stalagmites results in more precise age models
  • High-resolution Mg concentrations are related to prior calcite precipitation
  • Mg records indicate increasing precipitation at the beginning of the Holocene


Cryogenic ridges: a new speleothem type
Bogdan P. Onac, Daniel M. Cleary, Oana A. Dumitru, Victor J. Polyak, Ioan Povara, Jonathan G. Wynn, and Yemane Asmerom

  • Cryogenic ridges: a new speleothem type
  • Cryogenic ridges are seasonally precipitated in Sohodoalele Mici Cave
  • The isotopic composition is different in calcite ridges and the inner stalactite
  • The formation of cryogenic ridges is discussed


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


Flow regime evolution of a major cave system in the Eastern Alps (Hirlatzhöhle, Dachstein)
Lukas Plan, Gottfried Buchegger, Eva Kaminsky, Gabriella Koltai, Tanguy Racine, and Jacek Szczygieł

  • Speleogenesis of a 116 km-long and 1560 m-deep Alpine cave system is investigated
  • Present day and Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene flow conditions are compared
  • Cave levels, palaeo-flow direction and sediments differ from other caves in the region
  • An allogenic palaeo-recharge from crystalline units of the Eastern Alps is unlikely
  • The main cave level originated in the Late Pliocene to Early Pleistocene


Airflow dynamics in Wind Cave and Jewel Cave: How do barometric caves breathe?
Annika K. Gomell and Andreas Pflitsch

  • Barometric airflow is studied based on pressure changes and resulting gradients
  • Relevant times of surface pressure changes for airflow induction differ significantly between caves
  • Airflow gradients are stronger indicators for airflow than previous surface pressure changes
  • Airflow response times to surface pressure changes are significantly longer at Jewel Cave compared to Wind Cave
  • Results prove impact of cave-internal pressure processes on speleoclimate systems


Algae and cyanobacteria in the aphotic habitats of Veternica Cave (Medvednica Mt., Croatia) and selected caves of the Dinaric karst (South-Eastern Europe)
Najla Baković, Tanja Pipan, Robert Baković, Roman Ozimec, Josip Rubinić, and Renata Matoničkin Kepčija

  • A ten-year study shows that algae and cyanobacteria can be found in the cave aphotic zone
  • In cave aphotic zone both live individuals and remnants of algae and cyanobacteria were found
  • Algae and cyanobacteria were most frequently associated with hydrologically active caves
  • Algae and cyanobacteria were more often found in deeper parts of the caves
  • Algae and cyanobacteria should be acknowledged in the discussion of cave food nets

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