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Journal Aragonit no. 9

Managing editor: Ing. Jozef HlaváčAragonite

Executive editor: RNDr. Pavel Bella

Editorial board: Doc. RNDr. Jozef Jakál, DrSc., RNDr. Jozef Kramárik, RNDr. Ľudovít Gaál, Ing. Ľubica Nudzíková, Ing. Peter Gažík, RNDr. Ján Zelinka

Published by the Slovak Caves Administration in Liptovský Mikuláš in 2004 in Knižné centrum, Predmestská 51, 010 01 Žilina.

Registration number: 1523/96

Publishing house editor: Bohuslav Kortman

Graphics: Tibor Suchánek

From typesetting of the Knižné centrum printed by: EXPRESprint, Žilina

Contents

Editorial

  • J. Hlaváč: The fiftieth jubilee of the Ochtinská Aragonite Cave

Protection, research and documentation of caves

  • J. Mello: Geological environment of the Domica Cave and its surroundings
  • P. Bella: Lateral niches and notches deepened into rock walls of caves
  • V. Cílek: Aragonite and hydromagnezite from the Demänovská Cave of Liberty
  • L. Vlček: Preliminary report on the finding of fossil Megalodontaceae in the Dielik Cave in the Muráň karstic plateau
  • J. Zelinka – K. Vrana – J. Janočko: New approach to the geochemical research of ice in the Dobšinská Ice Cave
  • Ľ. Petro – P. Bella – E. Polaščinová – J. Hók – M. Stercz: Monitoring of tectonic movements in the Demänovská Cave of Liberty
  • S. Pavlarčík – Ľ. Plučinský: Speleological documentation of the Belianska Cave: Boulder Corridor – Column Dome – Hell Abyss
  • Ľ. Kováč – A. Mock – P. Ľuptáčik: Rare arachnid Eukoenenia spelaea (Peyerimhoff, 1902) – inhabitant of the Slovak caves
  • A. Mock – P. Ľuptáčik – P. Fenďa – V. Papáč: Biological characteristic of some caves in the Bujanovské vrchy Mts. (Čierna hora Mts.)
  • L. Bobáková: Chiropterological research of the Dobšinská Ice Cave and Domica Cave in 2003
  • M. Peško: Protected zone of the Liskovská Cave
  • M. Peško: Finding of aragonite in the Brestovská Cave
  • L. Iždinský – P. Staník: Practical care of caves in Slovakia in 2003
  • P. Holúbek: Cleaning of dolines in the Važecký Karst
  • P. Bella – P. Gažík: Monitoring and protection of caves in Slovakia with the assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency

Caves and public

  • Ľ. Gaál: New show caves in Slovakia
  • Ľ. Nudzíková: Show caves attendance in 2003
  • J. Peška: Building completion of the entrance area of the Demänovská Ice Cave
  • P. Labaška: Progressive reconstruction of the tourist path in the Dobšinská Ice Cave
  • L. Iždinský: Has anybody got rich or are we all poorer? Ranger action at the Silica Ice Cave
  • P. Gažík: Documentary film „Bats – mysterious dwellers of caves“
  • Ľ. Gaál: Marathon of environmental lectures to the exhibition „Slovakia – natural jewel in the heart of Europe“

From the history

  • M. Lalkovič: On the problem of the Dragon caves in the Demänová Valley
  • M. Lalkovič: On the 70th anniversary of the Važecká Cave opening for to public

Attractions from abroad

  • P. Bella – Ľ. Gaál – J. Zelinka: The second study trip of Slovak speleologists in Japan
  • P. Bella – K. Urata: Flat roofs in caves of the Hirao-dai Plateau and in the Kagekiyo-do Cave in Japan
  • Ľ. Gaál: Volcanic caves in Japan
  • J. Zelinka: Ice caves in the Mt. Fuji region, Japan
  • M. Peško: Study trip to show caves in Austria

Speleological events and affairs

  • P. Bella: 4th scientific conference “Research, Utilisation and Protection of Caves”
  • Ľ. Gaál: 8th International Symposium on Pseudokarst in Slovakia
  • Ľ. Gaál: Meeting of the UIS Commission on Pseudokarst
  • J. Zelinka: 1st International Workshop on Ice Caves in Romania
  • L. Iždinský: 3rd seminar of speleological guard service
  • P. Bella: 9th vocational seminar for employees of show caves

Karstological and speleological literature

  • P. Bella: N. Zupan-Hajna: Incomplete solution
  • M. Peško: J. Zimák – J. Štelcl – J. Zelinka: Natural radioactivity of rocks in Slovak caves
  • Ľ. Gaál: K. Székely (ed.): Magyarország fokozottan védett barlangjai
  • P. Bella: G. Racoviţǎ – B. P. Onac: Scărişoara Glacier Cave
  • D. Haviarová: Acta carsologica 31/2
  • A. Mock: S. G. Matočec (ed.): An overview of the cave and interstitial biota of Croatia.
  • A. Mock: F. Stoch (ed.): Caves and karstic phenomena. Life in the subterranean world. Italian habitats 1
  • Z. Višňovská: I. Lučić – B. Sket: Vjetrenica – pogled u dušu Zemlje. Životinjski svijet Vjetrenice

Social reports

  • P. Bella: Significant life jubilee of Marcel Lalkovič, CSc.
  • M. Peško: Life jubilee of František Bernadovič
  • M. Fillo: Ignác Buzák 50 years old
News

Jasovská jaskyňa zatvorená

Oznamujeme návštevníkom, že z dôvodu rekonštrukcie prehliadkovej trasy bude Jasovská jaskyňa od 5. 9. 2022 pre verejnosť zatvorená. Predpokladáme, že práce budú ukončené do 3. 10. 2022. O tom, kedy bude jaskyňa znovu otvorená budeme včas informovať na webovej stránke. Za pochopenie ďakujeme.

Dear visitors, the Jasovska Cave will be closed from 5th September  2022 due to reconstruction of tourist path. We suppose reopening after the 3st October 2022. The exact date will be announced via our website. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Bystrianska jaskyňa zatvorená

Oznamujeme návštevníkom, že z dôvodu rekonštrukcie elektroinštalácie bude Bystrianska jaskyňa od 15. 8. 2022 pre verejnosť zatvorená. Predpokladáme, že práce budú ukončené do 15. 10. 2022. O tom, kedy bude jaskyňa znovu otvorená budeme včas informovať na webovej stránke. Za pochopenie ďakujeme.

Dear visitors, the Bystrianska Cave will be closed from 15. 8. 2022 due to electric installation reconstruction. We suppose reopening after 15. 10. 2022. The exact date will be announced via our website. We apologize for any inconvenience.

SHOW CAVES OPENED AGAIN

Dear visitors, our show caves are opened again from May 15, 2021 under the following restrictions: visitors must wear a face mask, disinfect hands and keep the required distance from each other. Details are stated in official country regulations and legislature. The number of visitors per admission is reduced. Thanks for understanding. We wish you a pleasant visit!

Underground boat trip in Domica Cave not available.

24.07.2018 Due to low yield of underground water the boat trip in Domica Cave is not available. The short tour is available. Thank you for understanding

Cave visit with small children

Dear visitors, due to increased visitation of parents with very small children (circa up to 3 - 4 years of age), we would like to kindly ask you to have a rucksack baby carrier with you for visiting the more demanding caves in given time. This recommendation concerns all caves but the most concerned are the following ones: Demänovská Cave of Liberty, Belianska Cave, Dobšinská Ice Cave, Demänovská Ice Cave, Harmanecká Cave. We also ask you to consider visiting the cave with your crying child, which could disturb the other visitors. Thank you for understanding and we wish you a nice experience.

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