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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


4D flow pattern of the longest cave in the Eastern Alps (Schönberg-Höhlensystem, Totes Gebirge)
Lukas Plan, Eva Kaminsky, Pauline Oberender, Clemens Tenreiter, and Maximilian Wimmer

  • Speleogenesis of a 156 km long and 1061 m deep Alpine cave system is studied
  • Arrangement of passages at two slightly inclined planes is confirmed as speleogenetic phases
  • Morphological observations reveal a reversal of flow-direction through time
  • According to current hydrological conditions, a dual flow is proposed
  • Unlike other karst massifs in the NCA, sediments support autogenic recharge for Totes Gebirge


Predictive modeling of cave entrance locations: relationships between surface and subsurface morphology
William Blitch, Adia R. Sovie, and Benjamin W. Tobin

  • Cave entrances represent the confluence of surface and subsurface morphology
  • Cave entrances locations can be predicted using a machine learning approach


An attempt to identify source areas of clastic deposits from selected caves of the Prokletije Mountains (Montenegro): a mineralogical and U-series geochemistry approach
Ditta Kicińska, Jacek Pawlak, and Jacek Stienss

  • First study of cave sediments from the Prokletije Mts shed light on their recent evolution
  • Sediments were transported in different topographic conditions
  • The mineralogical composition of the sediments suggest several generations of paleoflows
  • The speleothems crystallization took place during MIS 11, 9, 6, and the Weichselian
  • Cave development begun at least in the Middle Pleistocene or even earlier


Paleokarst coastal caves at Torricelle Hills (Lessini Mountains, Venetian Prealps, Italy)
Guido Gonzato, Enrico Borghi, Roberto Chignola, Nereo Preto, and Guido Rossi

  • We describe a set of paleokarst caves, fossilized by ochre and fossiliferous fills
  • Ochre fills consist of Fe (hydrated)oxides, and are probably reworked lateritic paleosols
  • Caves show a succession of phreatic, vadose, and epiphreatic phases
  • Siliciclastic fills contain clasts that are extraneous to the carbonate-only geology of the area
  • The fills contain fossil assemblages that indicate a littoral environment


Climate of a cave laboratory representative for rock art caves in the Vézère area (south-west France)
Delphine Lacanette, Léna Bassel, Fabien Salmon, Jean-Christophe Portais, Bruno Bousquet, Rémy Chapoulie, Faten Ammari, Philippe Malaurent, and Catherine Ferrier

  • A laboratory cave was chosen to be representative of famous painted caves (i.e. Lascaux)
  • Temperature and CO2 data were acquired in the cave for ten years
  • Scenarios of air flows depending on the seasons are proposed for caves of this morphotype
  • A model of the thermal exchanges at the wall can predict the periods of possible condensation
  • The work done on this cave is directly applicable to the conservation of painted-caves

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