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Articles

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

Original Articles This section contains original articles of spelaeological interest [An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst] by Vince Simmonds (revised 2016). [Swildon's - What's in a name?] A Suggestion for the derivation of the name Swildon's by R. M. Taviner

Latest News & Updates - Dorset Caving Group Journals added to logbook collection

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

25 Apr 2017 - Dorset Caving Group Journals and Longwood Valley Sink 1984-1990 digging logbooks added to the collection. 24 Apr 2017 - Added the Gerald Platten Scrapbook Index, as compiled by Dave Irwin. 22 Nov 2016 - [A summary of an assemblage of bones and a pot sherd found in Wookey Hole cave, Mendip Hills, Somerset] by Vince Simmonds added.

Stalagmites store paleoclimate data

Caving News from Science Daily -

The North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) is the dominant atmospheric pressure mode over the North Atlantic that plays a significant role in determining the winter climate in Europe. Depending on the prevailing state of the NAO, Europe experiences mild or very cold winters and even strong storms. Geoscientists are currently reconstructing the fluctuations of the NAO over the last 10,000 years with the aim of being able to predict future developments. For this purpose, they use stalagmites obtained from subterranean caves as natural climate archives and are examining new indicators of climate change to retrieve climate information that is as accurate as possible. Initial results indicate that it is likely that the NAO will respond to the melting of the Arctic ice cap in the future, with consequences for our climate, environment, and society as a whole.

Films

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

New Archive A new Archive of MCRA Films has been created on You Tube - This currently contains 43 Films - more will be added in the near future. Mendip Cave Rescue - Black Hole, Swildons- Rescue 1989

Films

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

New Archive A new Archive of MCRA Films has been created on You Tube - This currently contains 43 Films - more will be added in the near future. Mendip Cave Rescue - Black Hole, Swildons- Rescue 1989

Scientists overcome inaccessibility of caves through molecular genetic approach

Caving News from Science Daily -

An international group of scientists has used a novel highly sensitive method for detection of environmental DNA in groundwater to extend the poorly known range of the rare subterranean amphibian from the Dinaric Karst. With this highly sensitive non-invasive method they discovered 12 new localities of the olm (Proteus anguinus).

Carbon Dioxide - 25% -30% = death

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) by Dr Tony Boycott Carbon Dioxide Odourless gas, heavier than air, may form pockets of higher concentration in low areas. Experienced “CO2” cavers claim to be able to detect raised levels by a metallic taste. HSE max recommended exposure is 5000 ppm (0.5%) for 8 hours, or 15000 ppm (1.5%) for up to 15 mins. Normal concentration is 0.03% in surface air. Normally 1% in caves, may be higher because of rotting vegetation, poor ventilation, small passages with heavy traffic, or…

Latest News & Updates

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

22 Nov 2016 - [A summary of an assemblage of bones and a pot sherd found in Wookey Hole cave, Mendip Hills, Somerset] by Vince Simmonds added. 4 Nov 2016 - [The Sandford Gulf and other lost caves of Sandford Hill] added. 23 Oct 2016 - [An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst] by Vince Simmonds, 2016 revised edition.

Articles

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

Original Articles This section contains original articles of spelaeological interest [An overview of the archaeology of Mendip caves and karst] by Vince Simmonds (revised 2016). [Swildon's - What's in a name?] A Suggestion for the derivation of the name Swildon's by R. M. Taviner

Archive

Mendip Cave Registry & Archive -

At a meeting of the Registrars in May 2007 it was agreed to expand the MCR to include an archive; thus the name change to Mendip Cave Registry and Archive. The archive aims to provide a free digital information resource for cavers covering photographs, postcards, log books and publications.

Conservation

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

Cave Conservation A cave is one of the most fascinating environments known to man. Each cave is almost a closed world and a clumsy intruder such as man always disturbs it. The slow steady dripping of water, over almost immeasurable time, has produced exquisite but fragile formations. The cave earth is the home for tiny creatures, bats find the cave environment ideal for winter hibernation, whilst various types of flora struggle for existence in the semi-dark zones. As you walk along you compac…

Conservation

Council of Southern Caving Clubs -

Cave Conservation A cave is one of the most fascinating environments known to man. Each cave is almost a closed world and a clumsy intruder such as man always disturbs it. The slow steady dripping of water, over almost immeasurable time, has produced exquisite but fragile formations. The cave earth is the home for tiny creatures, bats find the cave environment ideal for winter hibernation, whilst various types of flora struggle for existence in the semi-dark zones. As you walk along you compac…

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