So sad to travel from our countries to each other.
It's a photo from two scientists from Oxford that come for Paleoclimate research in Alborz mountain caves and we lead them to find caves for their point, 2014. They have an invite from geology organization.
Here their email:
We have both arrived safely back in England. Because of the short connection in Qatar.
From our point of view the expedition was excellent in every way. We were impressed not only by the Iranian hospitality, but also by the efficiency with which everything was organised and by the professionalism with which the ICSA cavers assisted us in the field. This level of support from ICSA would rival that of any other similar organisation in the world, an achievement which is even more impressive, considering the young age of ICSA. I really can't think of any shortcomings related to the ICSA support, not even minor ones. All I can really hope is that we didn't give you too much trouble in the caves (or outside).
As I told Javad at the GSI seminar, in cave research the role of caving enthusiasts is just as important as that of scientists. Without people like you, we wouldn't have as many caves to study (as you discover them, map them, then help us study them) and we hope that in return we can make advances in our scientific understanding of the cave environment. This is indeed a unique partnership in scientific research and we hope we will continue to work together in the future.
All the best and happy caving!
From active tectonics to Palaeoclimate
By: Dr. Robert Alastair Sloan , University of Oxford
"Geology of caves" & "Caves as climate archives"
By:Dr.Vasile Ersek , University of Oxford