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Baradla Cave

Baradla is an active cave richly decorated with different types of speleothems, primarily stalactites and stalagmites. Cave tours range from 1-hour and 2-hour tours in developed sections to 7-hour adventure tours. Along the 1200 plus caves it is part of the Caves of the Aggtelek Karst and the Slovak Karst cross-border World Heritage Site.

Name:Baradla Cave
Name original:Baradla
ISCA member:AGGTELEK NATIONAL PARK DIRECTORATE (BARADLA CAVE)
Country:Hungary
State / Region:
Length:20 m
Depth:86 m
Elevation of entrance:0 m
Number of visitors:98184 / per year
Temperature:9.00 - 11.00 °C
Length of show path:Aggtelek: 1 200; Vörös-tó: 2 300 m
Duration of visit:Aggtelek: 60; Vörös-tó: 120 min
Latitude:48.4712448120
Longitude:20.4946994781
Address:Tengerszem oldal 1
Town / City:H-3758 Jósvafõ
Email:info.anp@axelero.hu
Phone:+36-48-350-006
Fax:+36-48-350-006
Web:www.showcaves.com

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The most important part of the World Heritage subterranean world is the Baradla–Domica cave system with a total length of over 25 km. This cross-border system ranks first in the temperate climatic zone with regard to its activity, length and decoration. The 20.5 km long Baradla with its several entrances is Hungary’s longest, most richly decoted cave with the longest history of research.  It was declared a Ramsar site in 2001.

The passages of the Baradla were formed by the dissolving and weathering effect of water running deep into the Middle Triassic limestone. The 6.6 km long main branch between Aggtelek and Jósvafő villages is a subterranean streambed, with several side branches. This meandering, rocky passage adorned with stalactites and stalagmites and several minor speleothem types. It is on the average 10 m wide and 8 m high, but widens into gigantic halls at places. The Aggtelek entrance is open for times immemorial, while those at Red Lake (1890) and at Jósvafő (1928) were created artificially. The main branch, previously known only in 2 km length, was explored for further 6 km by Imre Vass in 1825. The siphons between Baradla and Domica were first penetrated by Hubert Kessler in 1932. Some of the Aggtelek passages were visited already in the 18th century, and were developed in 1806, on the occasion of Palatine Joseph’s visit. Concrete bridges and pavements were only made in the 20th century, and electric lighting was introduced in 1935. The Aggtelek part and the stretch between Red Lake and Jósvafő can be visited all-year-round, and those who like adventures can walk the main branch all the way from Aggtelek to Jósvafő.

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04. July 2018

Kungur Ice Cave - An invitation

"Pearl" of Russia. The current 2018 became significant for Russia. Holding the FIFA World Cup positively influenced economy of many regions of our country. Eleven cities of the Russian Federation accepting athletes and fans from around the world. Majority of them want not only to visit football matches, but also to get acquainted with nearby sights. Doesn't stand aside, the mislaid in Perm Krai, small and cosy city Kungur and the well-known Kungur Ice cave. Located in 300 km from Yekaterinburg, the city Kungur joined the cities-participants of the World Cup. From it tourists go to the Ice cave, having brought so various geography in visits statistics. It is possible indefinitely to list the countries residents which visited for these days the kingdom of eternal winter: Mexico, Peru, Australia, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, China, USA, India, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, France … Foreign tourists and citizens of Russia, having visited the Kungur ice cave, often can't express that delight which covers them after the excursion on the fantastic underground world. What is surprising and unique in the Kungur Ice cave? In what it is one and only? First, in variety of forms of ice which are presented in the cave in more than 100 kinds. Secondly, an availability of long-term ices, which age is several hundreds of years, in spite of the fact that the cave is on an insignificant elevation mark. Thirdly, the cave length, it takes the fifth place on extent among caves of a plaster karst. Fourthly, there are several long and volume grottoes, that isn't characteristic of plaster caves. Fifthly, exotic contrast, during the summer period, from a heat in + 30 degrees outside to the subzero temperature of underground halls. This list of factors which characterize fantastic space can be listed infinitely, but as the popular Russian wisdom says "A picture is worth a thousand words". Welcome to the Kungur Ice cave!!! Ekaterina Noskova

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Cave Prehistory Resources

blogger: Darricau Joëlle
Dear Cave Prehistory fans, if you are interested in cave prehistory literature, feel free to search under this link: http://www.ifrao.com/robert-g-bednarik/r-g-bednarik-library/

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