Peaks in Li River Travel to the Southern part of China in Shaanxi Province. Begin the tour in the cosmopolitan city of Guangzhou, the old Canton of the colonial period. Visit its markets and the secluded Shamian Island. Continue to the karstic peaks of Li River in Yangshuo, which is often featured as a typical landscape in Chinese classical paintings. Take a cruise on the river and visit a nearby village. Later, watch comorant fishing. From there, continue to Yunnan's capital Kunming, the end of the Burma Road during the Second World War, and end the tour by taking a day trip to visit the beautiful Stone Forest in Shilin.
st bento's spring 2009 Orchids photographed in central Portugal, in a karstic mountain, during cave studies. Music: "Sweet things" Rozalind MacPhail
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"From the Burren to Tralee" Pedeu's photos around Tralee, Ireland A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Tralee, Ireland by TravelPod blogger Pedeu titled "From the Burren to Tralee". TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Pedeu's travel blog entry: "We headed south. Driving through the Burren in the direction of the Cliffs of Moher. The name Burren is from the Irish - bhoireann, meaning a stony place. Its formation has lain unspoiled since the ice-age and is composed of karstic limestone, the largest area of such in western Europe. And then, the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs are one of Ireland's attractions and were on our list from the start. Well, when we got there, the Cliffs of Moher were missing. The rain and the mist kept this beautiful sight away from our eyes. And we drove on south to Kilrush, where we crossed the Mouth of the Shannon in the direction of Tralee, County Kerry. The names Shannon and Limerick bring to our minds the book "Angela's Ashes", where Frank McCourt tells the story of his own childhood as a poor Irish Catholic in Limerick." Read and see more at: Photos from this trip: 1. "Entering the Burren" 2. "Stony landscape" 3. "They're everywhere" 4. "Stoned" 5. "Sharing the road" 6. "Shannon Breeze - The Kilrush Ferry" See this TripWow and more at
Rawansar-Sarab spring 2009.MOV The Karstic spring of Rawansar is the maine source of Qara Su River that fllows toward SE to the Kermanshah region, West-central Zagros, Kurdistan
Brian's Searches Puerto Rico (El Yunque National Forest) Part 3/3 Brian explores the biodiverse island of Puerto Rico! Brian's adventure takes him through a variety of different habitats; from the lush, green, tropical, mountain rainforests of El Yunque, through a Karstic area, a Sub Tropical Savanna, A Tropical Dry Forest , a Mangrove, and finaly the Caribbean Coast beach of Caribe Playa!
iGrout - Quality Control & Visualization iGrout is the quality control and visualization system for grouting developed by geotechnical contractor Hayward Baker Inc. Watch iGrout at work on the Wolf Creek Dam project.
Brian's Searches Puerto Rico (El Yunque National Forest) Part 1/3 Brian explores the biodiverse island of Puerto Rico! Brian's adventure takes him through a variety of different habitats; from the lush, green, tropical, mountain rainforests of El Yunque, through a Karstic area, a Sub Tropical Savanna, A Tropical Dry Forest , a Mangrove, and finaly the Caribbean Coast beach of Caribe Playa!
SLOVENIA Half of Slovenia's colorful area is covered by forests, but the country also has another part, a tiny, but very nice coastal area on the Adriatic Sea, with such venetian style cities as Izola, Piran and Portorož, as well as 2800 meters high mountains and ski resorts. The picturesque lakes Bled and Bohinj both lie in a wonderful landscape. The gem of the karstic area is the Postojna cave. The tiny country has plenty of wild rivers suitable for rafting and healing waters. Golf, mountineering, diving, mountain biking and rock climbing are also warmly welcomed in Slovenia. The Lipizzan is well known all around the globe. All of this is completed by such medieval towns as Maribor, Skofja Loka and Ljubljana, and such romantic castles as the Predjama.
"Adventure Girls" Packingitin's photos around Split, Croatia A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Split, Croatia by TravelPod blogger Packingitin titled "Adventure Girls.". TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Packingitin's travel blog entry: "Arrived in Plitvice National Park Saturday morning in the pouring, pouring, pouring rain. Good thing I brought my dollar store rain jacket! Oh...hmm...where IS my dollar store rain jacket? I think I dissected my entire pack about 30 times trying to find it, but to no avail. I had to resort to paying the highway robbery price of 17KN at the park store for a thin plastic rain poncho. Annoying. Where is my rain poncho? I hooked up with a couple of young girls from Belgium, Stephanie and Kim, who were woefully unprepared for the weather. But no matter...they simply wrapped their feet in plastic shopping bags and they were good to go. I knew we would be fast friends when I found out that they too were headed to Zadar that night, and like me, had no place to stay yet, and also like me, werent entirely sure they had enough money for the bus ticket. Yup, we were meant to hang out. Despite the weather, we made the best of our day exploring the incredible karstic formations and waterfalls. Even more fun to explore was the clothing and footwear choices of the other park visitors, mostly Europeans. They might as well have been going to the corner store or out for dinner instead of trekking through muddy forest and jungle-like trails. Our favourite combo was a red satin hoodie jacket ...
Krka National Park, Croatia The Krka National Park is a spacious, largely unchanged region of exceptional and multifaceted natural value. It was proclaimed a national park in 1985. With its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters, the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon.
Postojna Cave (Slovenia) - slide show Postojna Cave (Postojnska Jama), in Slovenia, is the largest in Europe (20 km and 570 m, with a constant temperature between 8 and 10 degrees Celsius. The local collection of stalactites, stalagmites and columns is outstanding, constituting a paradigm of karst topography in connection with the river Pivka. The white, black/gray, reddish and green colours of the rocks are relative to the presence of calcium carbonate, manganese oxide, karstic argil and copper, respectively. In the cave lives a troglobiont - Proteus anguinus (Laurenti, 1768), a salamander existing only in the Dinaric Karst (August 21, 2009).
Karstic Rose Mine 2 Playing on a dirt pile...
Jeita Grotto - Lebanon Amazing limestone caves spanning an overall length of nearly 9 kilometers (5.6 mi). pureLebanon Vote for Jeita Grotto on www.n7
Velky Choc (1608m) King of Orava, Slovakia 360 view from the very summit of Velky Choc (1608m). Velky Choc ( Velký Choč ) is the highest mountain in the Chocske vrchy ( Chočské vrchy ) range. It is not well known outside the region, but it is definitely peak worth visiting if you have at least one spare day. It is located in such place that when the weather is good you can see all major Slovak mountain ranges from the summit. It is surrounded by Skorusinske vrchy and Oravska Magura from the north, Mala Fatra from the west, Velka Fatra from the southwest, Nizke Tatry from the south and Zapadne Tatry from the east. It is possible to see High Tatras from the summit as well as Beskyd with the Babia gora massif. There are about five marked routes to the summit, all well marked and without any climbing, just a walk. Chocske vrchy range do not have continuous ridge and is divided to three parts : Velky Choc itself, Sielnicke vrchy and Prosecne. They consist mainly of limestone and dolomite. Karstic formations are concentrated mostly in the wetern part ( Velky Choc area ). Prosiecka and Kvacianska valleys are worth visiting too. There are beautiful waterfalls, canyons, wild creeks. There are also two castles from XIII century in the area : Liptovsky castle and Likava. There is a plan to create Chocsky National Park to protect the area more strictly.
Skradin & Bribirska glavica - Dalmatia Skradin is situated on river Krka, only 18 km from Šibenik (Central Dalmatia), and today is town with only 500 inhabitants but with its sourrandig it has probably the richest cultural and arheological importance in Dalmatia. Just 15 km from town on one hill, called Bribirska glavica, are situated ruins of city which existed from 1st century and nearby have been found remainings from period od Neolith. When you find in this area you should also not miss to visit one of the natural wonders of Croatia - National park "Krka" with its seven travertine waterfalls and a total drop of 242 meters, the Krka River is a natural and karstic phenomenon.
Karstic Rose Mine 1 Playing on a dirt pile...
Montenegro Mineral water Monte Minerale film about the plant At the foot of the mountain Tmor you will find a picturesque green valley called the Valley of Gods. The crystal-clear air, smell of flowers and tender sunshine surround the "Monte Minerale" spring and contribute to making this life-giving water. Here the underground waters lie deepest in all Montenegro. They flow sixty kilometers through karstic channels. In these layers, which act as natural filters, the water is purified and mineralized. Therefore, the water in the spring is pure and transparent, containing micronutrients necessary for men. Being high quality water, "Monte Minerale" needs no deep processing and is healthy. "Monte Minerale" is produced from a 350-meter-deep well located in the heart of Montenegro, in a preserved forest area, between the cities of Cetinje and Podgorica. The production of the first-grade potable water "Monte Minerale" began in 2009. The plant consists of 2 subunits: processing and bottling. The wells are licensed and equipped according to the official regulations. There is a sanitary zone where experts are keeping a round-the-clock watch. The territory is well arranged and fenced. The production halls are built according to all applicable standards and requirements. "Monte Minerale" is shipped in plastic bottles of 0.33, 0.5, 1 and 1.5 liter volume. The plant is planning to produce a complete line of "Monte Minerale" based products. The plant features advanced technologies and equipment, the same as used by world-famous manufacturers of ...
Zadiel canyon - Slovakia The most popular and most visited place in the easternmost part of the Slovenský kras is the National Nature Reserve Zádielska tiesňava. Zádielska tiesňava always wins enquiries carried out among tourists when they are asked which of the Slovak valleys they consider the most romantic. The length of the narrow is 2200 m, its depth is 300 m (in places even 400 m) and the narrowest places in its bottom are only 10 m wide. It hardly accommodates the old asphalt road. It is deeply incised into the white limestone rock in the karstic plateaux of the Slovenský kras. The conspicuous 105 metres rock attracts the glances of visitors. Its shape inspired its name - Cukrová homoľa (Sugar Cone). The extreme form of the valley is the source of a special microclimatic inversion observable in it. This inversion provoked the vegetation inversion - Carpathian plant associations that prefer cool and moist biotopes grow in its bottom. In turn, the thermophilous Pannonian plants grow in the warm and dry sections of the valley. Zádielska dolina is protected under the scheme of the National Nature Reserve and it is included in the UNESCO biosphere reserves. Instructive path crosses the valley. It is divided into sections in order to show both the bottom and the rock edges of the valley to tourists. The routes offer multiple wonderful views - perhaps the best in Slovakia.
fasuta cave The entrance to this newly discovered cave sited near the northern boarder of Israel is known to handful of people and this clip is the only example of video footage taken down there. The beautiful stalactites and stalagmites in this karstic cave have been formed throughout millions of years into magnificent shapes and colours.
Muslim Dervish House ``Tekija`` in Blagaj on Buna river (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (Bosnian) Tekija na vrelu Bune u Blagaju (English) Blagaj is a village-town some 12 km southeast of Mostar (Herzegovina-Neretva Canton) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blagaj is situated at the famous source of the Buna river and a historical tekke (tekija or Dervish monastery) which is a part of the "Townscape ensemble of the town of Blagaj - Historical and Natural Heritage of Bosnia and Herzegovina". The Blagaj Tekija was built around 1520, with the elements of Ottoman architecture and Mediterranean style. It´s currently a national monument which attracts tourists. The source of the Buna river (Vrelo Bune) is a strong karstic spring. The Buna flows west for approximately 9 kilometres and joins the Neretva near the village Buna. It was the seat of Herzegovinian ruler, Stefan Vukčić and also the birthplace of Bosnian queen Katarina Kosača-Kotromanić
"Cycling around" Peacefrog's photos around Vinales, Cuba A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Vinales, Cuba by TravelPod blogger Peacefrog titled "Cycling around". TravelPod is a company of TripAdvisor™. Peacefrog's travel blog entry: "Woke up in the sunshine, had a good breakfast chatting with my host lady, and off for a day out. I walked around town, visiting the lovely little church, and putting my nose everywhere I could, as usual. I did not see the people I had met teh night before, as they were all lazily sleeping, so I rented a bike and headed out. Houses and fields along the road, animals, old cars and trucks, little shacks selling fresh fruits at local prices, a funerary procession... The landscape was made of karstic formations, similar to what I had seen in northen Vietnam and Laos, with a ot of vegetation and holes and caves and galleries everywhere on the cliff faces. I reached the cave in which we had been partying the night before, still smelly and sticky from the beer an rhum that had been spiled on the ground. I was dessicated and thirsty, and had the worst lemonade of my trip: zillions of mosquioes where lurking in the cave shade, and I was their only fresh, foreign, juicy tasty food... The road just after the cave was completely flooded, a guy was waiting there with his bike and his monkey. Obviously his chained monkey was there as a paying attraction for tourists; so I did ostensibly took out my camera but never once pointed it to the monkey. Well actually I did, but not while the guy could ...
Lake Ohrid Macedonia - Охридско Езеро Македонија Lake Ohrid (Macedonian: Охридско Езеро, Ohridsko Ezero. Straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern region of Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is probably the oldest lake in Europe, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem with more than 200 endemic species that is of worldwide importance. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. However, human activity on the lake shores and in its catchment area is resulting in the ecosystem coming under stress.Lake Ohrid is the deepest lake of the Balkans, with a maximum depth of 288 m (940 ft) and a mean depth of 155 m (508 ft). It covers an area of 358 km² (138 sq mi), containing an estimated 55.4 km³ of water. It is 30.4 km long by 14.8 km wide at its maximum extent with a shoreline length of 87.53 km, shared between Macedonia (56.02 km) and Albania (31.51 km). Lake Ohrid and the Prespa Lakes belong to a group of Dessaret basins that originated from a geotectonic depression during the Pliocene epoch up to five million years ago on the western side of the Dinaric Alps. Worldwide, there are only a few lakes with similarly remote origins with Lake Baikal and Lake Tanganyika being the most famous. Most other, short-lived lakes have a life span of less than 100000 years before they are eventually filled up with sediments. It is believed that in the case of Lake Ohrid this process was delayed by its large depth and small sediment input from filtered spring ...
Mallorca Karstic landscape Can you see the rocks on the right? They look like a family of elephants coming towards the coach.
Buna-Bosnia and Herzegovina The Buna is a short river in Bosnia and Herzegovina, left tributary of the Neretva. Its source (Vrelo Bune), a strong karstic spring, is near the village Blagaj, southeast of Mostar. The Buna flows west for approx. 9 km and joins the Neretva near the village Buna.
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Limestone Karsts Karst topography is a landscape shaped by the dissolution of a layer or layers of soluble bedrock, usually carbonate rock such as limestone or dolomite. Due to subterranean drainage, there may be very limited surface water, even to the absence of all rivers and lakes. Many karst regions display distinctive surface features, with sinkholes or dolines being the most common. However, distinctive karst surface features may be completely absent where the soluble rock is mantled, such as by glacial debris, or confined by a superimposed non-soluble rock strata. Some karst regions include thousands of caves, even though evidence of caves that are big enough for human exploration is not a required characteristic of karst. Various karst landforms have been found on all continents except Antarctica (see below: Notable karst areas).Background Karst topography is characterized by subterranean limestone caverns, carved by groundwater.The geographer Jovan Cvijić (1865--1927) was born in western Serbia and studied widely in the Dinaric Kras region. His publication of Das Karstphänomen (1893) established that rock dissolution was the key process and that it created most types of dolines, "the diagnostic karst landforms". The Dinaric Kras thus became the type area for dissolutional landforms and aquifers; the regional name kras, Germanicised as "karst", is now applied to modern and paleo-dissolutional phenomena worldwide. Cvijić related the complex behaviour of karstic aquifers to ...
Aggtelek National Park, Hungary UNESCO World Heritage Site; also Ramsar wetland. This video shows outflow from cave on path between Josvafo vilage and Baradla cave system and NP HQ. Tufa cascade has developed on artifical weir. This area was developed by Hubert Kessler, engineer, hydrologist and speleologist.
Blagaj | Buna Spring (Vrelo Bune). The Buna is a short river in Bosnia and Herzegovina; it is a left bank tributary of the Neretva. Its source (Vrelo Bune), a strong karstic spring, is near the village Blagaj, southeast of Mostar. Actually, it is best known by famous Buna Spring (Vrelo Bune), one of the strongest spring in Europe and extremely cold water. The Buna flows west for approximately 9 km, starts at Blagaj and meandering through villages Blagaj, Kosor, Malo Polje, Hodbina and joins the Neretva at Buna village. The Bunica river is main left bank tributari of the Buna.
Prespa lakes The location of the sinkhole feeding Lake Ochrid in the foreground, some fishermen, an algal bloom, the supports of an old medieval bridge which have reappeared due to falling water levels and the village of Goritsa e Posteme
Eprave - résurgence
Explosive archaeology - safe demolition in karstic environments Safe demolition of large blocks at Vale Boi-Rockshelter (Spring 2010) using Hilti explosive black cartridge.
Karstic and a ford It really isn't 4-wheeling without mud...
Mr. Snugglewhiskers, Rock and Roller Rockin' birthday card from Courtney.
Sitting in a hammock near a karstic spring We went to visit the Kolethra resurgence at the weekend and we found a hammock there! Daddy's cave-diving friends let you sit in it...
Apuane Alps - A Geological Trip on the Carcaraia On the Alps of Tuscany, the Apuane, looking for a geological path called "meno 1000" were we founded the cavern access to the karstic system.
Brian's Searches Puerto Rico (El Yunque National Forest) Part 2/3 Brian explores the biodiverse island of Puerto Rico! Brian's adventure takes him through a variety of different habitats; from the lush, green, tropical, mountain rainforests of El Yunque, through a Karstic area, a Sub Tropical Savanna, A Tropical Dry Forest , a Mangrove, and finaly the Caribbean Coast beach of Caribe Playa!
Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve comprises karstic landscapes and limestone uplands cut into impressive 'tsingy' peaks and a 'forest' of limestone needles, the spectacular canyon of the Manambolo river, rolling hills and high peaks. The undisturbed forests, lakes and mangrove swamps are the habitat for rare and endangered lemurs and birds.
Brian's Searches Puerto Rico (El Yunque National Forest) Intro Brian explores the biodiverse island of Puerto Rico! Brian's adventure takes him through a variety of different habitats; from the lush, green, tropical, mountain rainforests of El Yunque, through a Karstic area, a Sub Tropical Savanna, A Tropical Dry Forest , a Mangrove, and finaly the Caribbean Coast beach of Caribe Playa!
The Fortress of Ponor, Cetatile Ponorului, Bihor, Romania The Fortress of Ponor is, undoubtfully, the Romania's most grandiose karstic formation, known and praised worlwide. To begin with, we have to mention that visiting tourists are astonished by the wonderful work of nature who, hereabouts, went beyond all expectations The Fortress of Ponor consists of three big stone circles which lie in a huge afforested depression of 300 m deep and more than 1 km in diametre at its upper level. The surrounding mountain wreath which closes the depression is cut just in a single place by the The Fortress Valley Canyon. creating a huge stone fortress. The cave entrance has arround 70m tall, and the rock wall it's higher than 150m Cetăţile Ponorului reprezintă fără îndoiala cel mai grandios fenomen carstic al României, cunoscut şi apreciat în întreaga lume. Cetăţile Ponorului sunt constituite din trei circuri mari de stâncă, aflate într-o imensă depresiune împădurită, adâncă de 300 m, partea ei superioară având un diametru de peste 1 km. Culmile înconjurătoare care închid circular depresiunea sunt tăiate doar într-un singur loc de canionul Văii Cetăţilor. Peretele lateral de vest, înalt de peste 150 m este perforat de un portal ce depăşeşte 70 m înălţime la baza căruia se pierde Valea Cetăţilor. Music:1.Enigma - Age of loneliness; 2.Enigma - Return to innocence
Sinkholes around Merthyr Tydfil Here are a couple of typical sinkholes found in the landscape above Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, UK. Such features are typical of karstic regions (such as that found in the Brecon Beacons) and often suggest the presence of caves in the vicinity.