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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


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


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


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


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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