First Circular of Speleo Forum 2020, Tashkent, 21-24.08.2020

O’ZBEKISTON RESPUBLIKASI TURIZMNI RIVOJLANTIRISH DAVLAT QO’MITASI THE STATE COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN FOR TOURISM DEVELOPMENT Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan                            FIRST CIRCULAR International Speleological Forum Dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Speleological Research in Central Asia Tashkent, Uzbekistan, August 21-24, 2020  Welcome to the Central Asian Speleological Forum! In the early 70s of the 20th century, the countries of Central Asia began purposeful speleological research. Continue Reading

Speleo-ecological expedition in Tuya-Muyn -2020

As you might know, our organization is engaged in the preservation and exploration of caves in Central Asia. This year we have received a grant from ecology-related foundations for the preservation of caves in southern Kyrgyzstan. We are very delighted by this! Within the framework of this environmental project, we are to limit admission to several unique caves for tourists and build some infrastructure to facilitate the control of visits by local authorities. These are known and famous caves as Chil-Ustun, Surprise, Azhydaar-Unkur and Bolshaya Baritovaya. All caves are nature Continue Reading

International Central Asian Speleological Forum, August 21 – 24 – 2020, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

In the early of the seventies, in countries of Central Asia, the speleology started advancing. Vast karst areas and caves were purposefully studied, from borders of western China in the east to chinks of the Caspian Sea in the west and from mountains of Altay in the north to the Pamir’s ridges and the Amudarya river in the south. Within 50 years, more than a thousand caves have been discovered and explored in Central Asia. Some of them still top the ratings of the most interesting and unique cave systems Continue Reading

Speleo-biological expedition to Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan -2020. Expedition dates from August 14 to August 27. Dates are not fixed and may change.

In 2020, we made a decision to conduct a comprehensive speleo-biological expedition for biologists in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In 2019, we made a reconnaissance of karst areas in Tajikistan. We learned how to arrange logistics, calculated distance and travel time. We examined several unexplored areas where there might be caves and karst springs. As in Kyrgyzstan, biological studies in karst areas have not been previously conducted in Tajikistan. In 2018, a group of foreign scientists conducted a series of research in southern Kyrgyzstan. Those were easily accessible areas. This time, Continue Reading

Alternative karst area in the Kuraves River Valley

There is an alternative karst area in Kuraves River Valley. Mountain slopes are covered with dense walnut trees. Almost all the foothills and midlands of southwestern slopes of the Ferghana Range are covered with dense forests. Limestone cliffs are exposed only in the upper part of the mountain range, which are quite difficult to reach. In 2019, we carried out a reconnaissance of the area. We used a good off-road car. As soon as we got to the forest, a heavy downpour overtook us. As a result of heavy rain, Continue Reading

About projects

Our speleological projects are studies of previously unstudied or poorly studied karst areas. Studies of new caves and caves, mentioned by local residents. In the study of caves, we approach with comprehensive technique taking into account interests of archaeologists, biologists, geologists, hydrogeologists and other fields of speleology. All the projects are carried out approved by local authorities, and the results of the researches we make available to a wide range of people who are not indifferent to the fate of caves. Caves of Central Asia can bear various information related Continue Reading

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