Author Topic: Karst Research Institute at ZRC SAZU, News Bulletin, June 2010  (Read 1222 times)

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News from the Institute

A new school year of postgraduate karstology studies is ahead of us:

The Karst Research Institute offers the postgraduate Karstology Studies Program at the University of Nova Gorica. The program offers three years of doctoral study including broad fundamental insights into karstology from various viewpoints (e.g., geological composition, surface features, subterranean research, waters) as well as an in-depth approach to the more specialized fields of karstology (e.g., use and conservation of karst waters).

 More information is available at


Two new books have been published:
Karst Rock Features • Karren Sculpturing
Editors: Angel Ginés, Martin Knez, Tadej Slabe, Wolfgang Dreybrodt

Publisher: Založba ZRC SAZU

Rock features are important traces of the formation and development of karst surfaces. On various karren their record is especially rich, revealing the many factors that under diverse conditions formed the karst surface on various carbonate and other rock.

The book presents the most characteristic rock features and through them the most important factors and processes in the formation of the karst surface, the methods of studying them, and the most outstanding examples.

Forty-nine contributing authors offer a wide spectrum of content and examples of rock features from many karst regions around the world.


 The Biology of Caves and Other Subterranean Habitats

David C. Culver and Tanja Pipan

Oxford University Press

The Biology of Caves and Other Subterranean Habitats offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to cave ecology. While there is an emphasis on the organisms that dominate this unique environment, conservation and management aspects are also considered. The book includes a global range of examples and case studies from both cave and non-cave subterranean habitats; it also provides a clear explanation of specialized terms used by speleologists. This accessible text will appeal to researchers new to the field and to the many professional ecologists and conservation practitioners requiring a concise but authoritative overview. Its engaging style will also make it suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in cave and subterranean biology.


The new issue of Acta Carsologica:

You can find all the papers published in this journal on the Acta Carsologica web site

 The latest issue (39/1) was published in May 2010 and includes twelve papers dealing with various topics related to karst. The issue also contains an interview with Derek C. Ford.

The 18th “Classical Karst” International Karstological School will be held between  June 14 and 19, 2010. It will be devoted to the Dinaric karst, which has a special role in world karstology from the historical, physical geography, and cultural viewpoints. The International Karstological School will present the basic geological, geomorphological, hydrological, speleological, biospeleological, and historical features of the Dinaric karst and compare them to a variety of types of karst around the world. Special attention will be devoted to the potential future protection of this karst region. We will raise awareness of its special character and identity by publishing Dinarski kras (Dinaric Karst), which will present the basic characteristics of this karst with examples in Slovenia in a popular fashion. You will find more information about the Karstological School in Slovene at,

In English at

and this year for the first time in Croatian at

The International Karstological School is included in the international OP IPA Slovenia-Croatia 2007-2013 program and is financed by EU and Slovene regional funds. In 2011, the 19th “Classical Karst” International Karstological School will be devoted to the protection of karst regions.