Three times Martel visited karst in Carniola: in 1879, 1893 and 1896. The importance of his visits and later publications lies in fact that he informed the francophone public about our karst and caves; his visit stimulated the introduction of new technical means into the then Austrian speleology (folding boat, portable telephone); in 1893 due to his researches Postojnska jama became the longest cave in Europe; public found out about existence of caving society Anthron, which was the first Slovene and Slav society of the kind; he set up the foundations of international speleological co-operation and included into it Austrian speleologists; he informed the public about Putick and his researches of karst underground; unknowingly he helped to introduce the term “karst” into francophone public.
The significance of E. A. Martel for speleology in Slovenia.
International Journal of Speleology,
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