Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves and the Central Asian Speleological Union, carry out speleological research in the vast territory of Central Asia. The main goal of speleological expeditions is to search for and explore caves. An important task of our organizations is to preserve the caves for future generations.
The biggest caves of Uzbekistan There are more than thousand caves in Uzbekistan. In terms of the number of caves, their depth and size, the caves of Uzbekistan are significantly ahead of all the famous caves of Central Asia taken together. The biggest speleological discoveries in Uzbekistan started in the early 70s of XX century. As a result of these researches, more than 600 caves were discovered, including, the deepest abysses of the Asian continent: Boy-Bulok and Kievskaya, 16 km long labyrinth of Festivalnaya-Ledopadnaya cave systems. In recent years, as Continue Reading
There are about 200 known caves in Kyrgyzstan. Some of them are geological natural monuments and are protected by the state. First of all, this is the Chil-Ustun cave, known as a unique underground landscape, as well as a habitat for rare species of bats. Galleries of ancient rock paintings from the 2nd to the 11th centuries were found in the cave. Another interesting cave is Pobednaya (Osh mountain hills) – a complex and long cave of hydro-thermokarst origin. Kyrgyz speleologists have not abandoned the idea to go through the Continue Reading
PROJECT – SPELEOSTAN. Speleological researches in Central Asia. Objectives of the project: – analysis of previous karstological and speleological studies, search for new caves, study of karst areas and caves using modern methods. The study of geology, geological history, hydrogeology, geographic conditions in various regions of Central Asia, where limestone rocks are developed. In Kyrgyzstan, karst processes are developed on the territory of about 30 thousand km2. Karst is widely distributed in the Southern Tien Shan, in the South-Western Tien Shan and Inner Tien Shan. In 1989, V.N. Mihajljov built a Continue Reading
Bats of transboundary territories of Central Asia. The concept of the project. “Preservation of unique caves related to protected areas – habitats of rare bats listed in the Red Book of Kyrgyzstan, as objects of science and education.” In this project, the SIP Foundation acts as a partner of the Tien Shan Geological Society. The project is funded by GEF-UNDP through the Small Grants Program. The tasks of the FSIP are scientific advice, recommendations and the development of a methodological – scientific manual for the preservation of caves. Bats of Continue Reading
Intra-glacial drainages of Enilchek. The concept of this project is exploration the drainage system of lake Merzbacher. The internal drainage system of the Enilchek glacier has not been studied to date. One of the largest glaciers in Asia (over 65 km long) has a well-developed internal drainage system that extends from the ice stream to heights over 4000 m above sea level and has a length of tens of kilometers. The lower 14 km part of the drainage system is formed (or transformed) as a result of the action of Continue Reading