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Karst research

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.00  Humanities  Geography   
1.06.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Geology   
1.08.00  Natural sciences and mathematics  Control and care of the environment   

Code Science Field
P510  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physical geography, geomorphology, pedology, cartography, climatology 
P470  Natural sciences and mathematics  Hydrogeology, geographical and geological engineering 
P420  Natural sciences and mathematics  Petrology, mineralogy, geochemistry 
P440  Natural sciences and mathematics  Tectonics 
P450  Natural sciences and mathematics  Stratigraphy 
P460  Natural sciences and mathematics  Sedimentology 
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (18)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  17548  Leon Drame    Researcher  2001 - 2003  47 
2.  17549  Franjo Drole    Researcher  2001 - 2003  105 
3.  16180  PhD Franci Gabrovšek  Mechanics  Researcher  2001 - 2003  450 
4.  17550  Jurij Hajna    Researcher  2001 - 2003  46 
5.  11067  PhD Martin Knez  Geography  Researcher  2001 - 2003  696 
6.  06382  PhD Janja Kogovšek  Geology  Researcher  2001 - 2003  554 
7.  13607  PhD Adrijan Košir  Geology  Researcher  2001 - 2003  243 
8.  00986  PhD Andrej Kranjc  Geography  Researcher  2001 - 2003  1,432 
9.  17551  Marija Alenka Kranjc    Researcher  2001 - 2003 
10.  08369  PhD Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik  Culturology  Researcher  2001 - 2003  605 
11.  20220  PhD Janez Mulec  Biology  Researcher  2001 - 2003  479 
12.  15687  PhD Tanja Pipan  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2001 - 2003  384 
13.  08099  PhD Tadej Slabe  Geography  Head  2001 - 2003  682 
14.  18811  Sonja Stamenković    Researcher  2001 - 2003 
15.  10443  PhD Stanka Šebela  Geology  Researcher  2001 - 2003  520 
16.  22574  PhD Nataša Viršek Ravbar  Geography  Researcher  2002 - 2003  473 
17.  17552  Mateja Zadel    Researcher  2001 - 2003 
18.  01004  PhD Nadja Zupan Hajna  Geography  Researcher  2001 - 2003  476 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,885 
A complex karstology requires deepening of knowledge related to origin and development of karst, its surface and underground and about water flowing through it and shaping it. We study karst surface and how it depends on geological, climatical and hydrological circumstances and karst development. We research single superficial karst features and processes of their development. Study of karst caves and aquifer cavernosity consists of studies of geological setting, the role played by caves, water flow through caves and features of cave spaces, their connection and rocky relief, cave sediments, flowstone and cave climate. Sediments and flowstone preserve the traces of karst development that may be revealed by palaeomagnetic researches of sediments and by flowstone dating. A special attention is paid to study of large cave systems, among them Škocjanske jame being an important part of UNESCO natural heritage and Postojnska jama as the most famous show-cave. New data about early karstification are gathered by palaeokarstic researches. Karst water researches include study of processes from rainfall infiltration or superficial stream sinking, through flow, accumulation of water underground to outflow through karst springs. To define the flow properties and substance transport in aquifers we use various hydrological, hydrogeological and hydrochemical methods and water tracing techniques. We introduce numeric modelling. Special attention is paid to study water quality and impacts on it. Physico-chemical researches of carbonate rock solution process help to explain the formation of karst surface and caves. Measurements of rock solution in natural environment are complemented by study of solution kinetics at laboratory tests using and developing numerical models of karstification. The history of karstology and study of karst caves is based on fact that Kras gave the name for a landscape on carbonate rocks to other languages and based on researches achieved on our karst the science karstology developed; the terms for several karst features are derived from Slovene language. The research of basic karst properties allows a direct international comparison of results. We co-operate in several international projects and programmes and with numerous karstologists. Study of different types of karst all over the world with their specific properties allows to understand the basic karst properties. The basic researches are starting point for planning life on this sensitive landscape. Regularly we take part in basic studies intended for water supply, planning the road construction, waste disposal sites, estimation of military activities on karst and for display of karst phenomena, mostly for tourist use. We co-operate at study process at faculties and we plan an independent, at first post-graduate to become later a complex study of karstology.
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