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Underground dinosaur tracksite inside a karst of southern France: Early Jurassic tridactyl traces from the Dolomitic Formation of the Malaval Cave (Lozère)
Jean-David Moreau, Vincent Trincal, Daniel André, Louis Baret, Alain Jacquet, and Michel Wienin

  • Hettangian tridactyl dinosaur tracks were discovered in the Malaval Cave (southern France)
  • The tracksite was studied using photogrammetric imaging technique
  • More than 26 footprints of theropods were identified
  • The depositional environment varied from subtidal to intertidal/supratidal flat marsh
  • This work highlights the great interest to heighten palaeoichnological prospections in karsts

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Caves as observatories for atmospheric thermal tides: an example from Ascunsă Cave, Romania
Virgil Drăgușin, Laura Tîrlă, Nicoleta Cadicheanu, Vasile Ersek, and Ionuț Mirea

  • First records of S2 thermal tides in caves
  • High-precision temperature data logging
  • 12-hour periodicity revealed by spectral analysis of temperature data
  • No influence on cave atmosphere from rock temperature on semidiurnal scale
  • Atmospheric thermal tides are transferred to caves via pressure changes

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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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First assessment on the air CO2 dynamic in the show caves of tropical karst, Vietnam
Duc A. Trinh, Quan H. Trinh, Angel Fernández-Cortés, David Mattey, and Javier G. Guinea

  • Ventilation of Vietnamese tropical caves is stronger in winter-dry season
  • High soil CO2 input and weak ventilation lead to cave air CO2 enrichment in summer
  • Soil moisture fluctuation shows a correlation with variations on cave air CO2
  • Streams and large pools of hydrologically-active caves buffer the air CO2 variations
  • Visitation may be a cause of high CO2 during daytime and in show section

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Phosphate speleothems in caves developed in iron ores and laterites of the Carajás Mineral Province (Brazil) and a new occurrence of spheniscidite
Alan R.L. Albuquerque, Rômulo S. Angélica, Daniele F. Gonçalves, and Simone P.A. Paz

  • Bat guano is a potencial source of phosphorus to phosphate speleothems formation
  • The guano's geochemical signature is detected by increase of Zn, Ni, and Rb
  • Metals elements are bioaccumulate in the bat guano
  • The first occurrence of spheniscidite in cave developed in iron ores and laterites
  • The unit cell parameters for spheniscidite, obtained using Rietveld refinement, are slightly lower than those of the ICSD-39654 file

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