International Central Asian Speleological Forum – 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

Speleological expedition to the karst areas of the Ferghana Range. First half of September

The southwestern slopes of the Ferghana Range have always been and remain mysterious for cavers. These limestone slopes of the ridge, overgrown with forest and shrubs, hide the caves. On the slopes there are a large number of springs. In the Tien Shan, these places are the most moist. The greatest amount of precipitation falls here – about 900-1000 mm per year. Local residents have long been talking about the caves that they saw in different gorges. Our goal, in 2020, to explore some karst areas available for cars and Continue Reading

Expedition to the limestone region of Tacta-Boz. First half of august

First half of august The Takta-Boz mountain range is fully composed of Carboniferous (C) and Devonian (D) limestones. Limestones represent a massif with many tectonic faults. The length of the mountain range is more than 50 km. The ridge lies between the Ferghana Valley and the Turkestan mountain range. From geological point of view, it refers to the Southern Tien-Shan tectonic system. The ridge enveloped by acutely continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Though the ridge is surrounded by desert landscapes, it is a large accumulator of moisture Continue Reading

Expedition to the “Kumysh” karst plateau. First half of july

The southwestern slopes of the Ferghana Range have always been and remain mysterious for cavers. These limestone slopes of the ridge, overgrown with forest and shrubs, hide the caves. On the slopes there are a large number of springs. In the Tien Shan, these places are the most moist. The greatest amount of precipitation falls here – about 900-1000 mm per year. Local residents have long been talking about the caves that they saw in different gorges. Our goal, in 2020, to explore some karst areas available for cars and Continue Reading

Speleological expedition to Baysun-Tau (Uzbekistan). First half of august

Speleological expedition to Baysun-Tau  First half of august Baysyn-Tau expedition 2019 The deepest caves of Asia are concentrated here on Baysun-Tau mountain range. One of the grand Baysun-Tau ranges, Khoja-Gur-Gur-Ata ridge, rises above the surrounding landscape and  scarce alpine villages more than 3600 m. It stretches for  more than 100 km from the southwest to the northeast. Tectonic processes lifted  limestone stratum above 3500 m height above sea level, forming an extensive inclined plateau in the northwest, which ends in the southeast with a almost 500 m high cliff, which Continue Reading

Speleological expedition to the salt caves of southern Tajikistan. Second half of September

Speleological expedition to the salt caves of southern Tajikistan. Second half of September If you are in doubt about participation in the expedition to Tajikistan, you should read this short note. 20 years ago, the country experienced stress and political instability as a result of civil war consequences. Europeans and people of neighboring countries were cautious about going to central Tajikistan and to its highland eastern part – the Pamirs. But the situation has changed now. Nowadays Tajikistan is a rapidly developing country. Recent 10 years, tourism, economics, science and Continue Reading

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