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Increased cave use by butterflies and moths: a response to climate warming?
Otto Moog, Erhard Christian, and Rudolf Eis

  • The number of lepidopteran species from Austrian caves sharply increased since 2015
  • Most of the newly recorded species visit cave mouths by day in the warm season
  • Climate warming makes a cave stay on hot summer days more attractive to Lepidoptera
  • The inclination to use caves as diurnal retreats can differ between related species

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Hydrometeorological factors determining the development of water table cave patterns in high alpine zones. The Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park, NE Spain
Antonio González-Ramón, Jorge Jódar, José M. Samsó, Sergio Martos-Rosillo, Javier Heredia, Ane Zabaleta, Iñaki Antigüedad, Emilio Custodio, and Luis J. Lambán

  • The recharge of karst aquifers in high mountain may be controlled by snowmelt
  • Water-table caves exist in permeable carbonates with irregular recharge and no developed epikarst
  • Diffuse recharge caused by snow in cold areas may explain the unusual water-table caves patterns
  • Repetition of structures by faults and thrusts can generate repetitive patterns in karst networks
  • Conduit set connects consecutive perched saturated zones in the inner part of syncline structures

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Safe and effective disinfection of show cave infrastructure in a time of COVID-19
Hazel A. Barton

  • Showcaves have unique challenges to coronavirus disinfection
  • The chemistry of coronaviruses suggest they will adsorb to limestone
  • The chemistry of limestone surfaces is likely to inactivate coronaviruses
  • Effective disinfectants with minimal impact on caves were identified
  • Face masks and social distancing remain critical in preventing disease

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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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Bubble trail and folia in cenote Zapote, Mexico: petrographic evidence for abiotic precipitation driven by CO2 degassing below the water table
Rafael López-Martínez, Fernando Gázquez, José M. Calaforra, Philippe Audra, Jean Y. Bigot, Teresa Pi Puig, Rocío J. Alcántara-Hernández, Ángel Navarro, Philippe Crochet, Liliana Corona Martínez, and Raquel Daza Brunet

  • The origin of folia is still controversial
  • In the Cenote Zapote occurs the biggest reported folia
  • Folia are the result of subaqueous calcite precipitation around CO2 bubbles

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Stratigraphical influence on chalk cave development in Upper Normandy, France: implications for chalk hydrogeology
Daniel Ballesteros, Andrew Farrant, Carole Nehme, Mark Woods, Dominique Todisco, and Damase Mouralis

  • The role of stratigraphic discontinuities on chalk speleogenesis has been analyzed
  • The analyses combine cave geometry, karst geomorphology and stratigraphical sections
  • Chalk caves and karst springs are related to hardgrounds, sheet-flints and marl beds
  • Hardgrounds, sheet-flints and marl beds concentrated groundwater flow forming caves
  • The results reinforce the visualization of the Chalk as a karst aquifer

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» Updated as of 01/13/21.