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Development and function of caves in different speleological settings

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.01  Humanities  Geography  Physical geography 
karst, cave, speleogenesis, epikarst, biology, karst modeling
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  16180  PhD Franci Gabrovšek  Mechanics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  450 
2.  11067  PhD Martin Knez  Geography  Researcher  2004 - 2007  697 
3.  06382  PhD Janja Kogovšek  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  554 
4.  00986  PhD Andrej Kranjc  Geography  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,432 
5.  09652  PhD Andrej Mihevc  Geography  Head  2004 - 2007  794 
6.  12605  PhD Metka Petrič  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  525 
7.  15687  PhD Tanja Pipan  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  385 
8.  08099  PhD Tadej Slabe  Geography  Researcher  2004 - 2007  683 
9.  10443  PhD Stanka Šebela  Geology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  520 
10.  22574  PhD Nataša Viršek Ravbar  Geography  Junior researcher  2004 - 2007  475 
11.  01004  PhD Nadja Zupan Hajna  Geography  Researcher  2004 - 2007  482 
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  62,020 
The project is aimed to establish whether there are typical and recognizable speleological environments with similar set of caves, features, phenomena and processes and with similar ecological properties. To define such basic, homogeneous speleological morphostructural units in karst would allow to study and compare different karst types and would introduce a new methodological approach. We shall study sedimentation geological structures and their impact on formation of karst caves and channels in a vadose epikarstic zone. We shall measure recent tectonic movements in caves and we shall try to evaluate the importance of neotectonics in morphology of collapse cave features. We shall study microfeatures on cave walls as an indication of recent speleogenetical processes and we shall use them to define morphostructural cave features. We shall research caves and shafts of Alpine and High Dinaric karst giving an emphasis to shape, genesis and hydrological function of deep vadose shafts and properties of thick epikarstic zone.We shall study the morphology of influent caves and compare them with superficial features of contact karst. We shall try to find out in which way different allogenic waters influence upon formation of cave systems. By studying water percolation we shall try to describe the properties of epikarstic zone, this is a part of karst which is intersected by numerous cracks and fissures permanently or periodically filled with water. Epikarst is a transition zone for pollutants to reach deeper underground, this is a storage of water and a habitat rich in fauna. Numerical values obtained by measuring the velocity of drainage, water tracing tests and measurements of chemical properties will be used to prepare numerical and conceptual models of water flow and formation of the upper, epikarstic zone of karst.
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