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Journal Aragonit no. 10

Managing editor: Ing. Jozef HlaváčAragonite

Executive editor: RNDr. Pavel Bella, PhD.

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 2005 in Knižné centrum, Predmestská 51, 010 01 Žilina.

Registration number: 1523/96, ISSN 1335-213X

Publishing house editor: Bohuslav Kortman

Graphics: Ján Kasák

From DTP Press typesetting printed by: Uniprint, Považská Bystrica

Contents

Editorial

  • J. Hlaváč: Ten years of the World Natural Heritage in Slovakia

Research and monitoring of caves

  • P. Bella – Ľ. Gaál: The Ortováň Cave near Silická Brezová Village – one of the oldest caves of Slovak Karst
  • Ľ. Gaál – L. Iždinský – F. Radinger: The occurrence of interesting tree mould caves in the southern Slovakia
  • D. Haviarová: The provenance of waters in the Marble Well, Gombasecká Cave
  • P. Bella: Flat floor ice surfaces in ice-filled caves (Dobšinská Ice Cave, Scărişoara Cave)
  • Ľ. Kováč – A. Mock – P. Ľuptáčik – Z. Višňovská: Terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates of the Diviačia Abyss (Slovak Karst)
  • K. Šramková: The occurrence of cyanobacteria and algae in some show caves in Slovakia
  • Ľ. Hraško – Cs. Tóth – P. Holec: A Mammoth tooth Mammuthus primigenius (Blumenbach, 1799) from the Ponická Cave

Documentation and protection of caves

  • P. Gažík: Using GIS in cave protection zone projects
  • S. Pavlarčík – Ľ. Plučinský: Speleological documentation of underground spaces below Second Dome, behind Hell Abyss and in the side hall of White Dome in Belianska Cave
  • M. Peško – P. Bella – M. Marušin – Z. Višňovská: The discovery of Martinček Cave by building excavation
  • P. Staník – L. Iždinský: Practical care of caves in Slovakia during 2004
  • L. Vlček: Gating of Devil´s Cave in the Veporské vrchy Mts.

Caves and public

  • J. Peška: New entrance building of the Harmanecká Cave
  • I. Buzák: New electrical installations in the Gombasecká Cave
  • J. Zelinka: New permanent exhibition in the entrace area of the Ochtinská Aragonite Cave
  • Z. Višňovská: The educational film „Hidden Life In Slovak Caves“
  • P. Labaška: Static securing of the rock portal above the exit of Bystrianska Cave

From the history

  • M. Lalkovič: From the history of the Bojnická Castle Cave
  • M. Lalkovič: Paradoxes and obstacles of caving history

Attractions from abroad

  • P. Bella – J. Hlaváč: Caves of the New South Wales, Australia
  • B. Šimečková: Reconstruction of the tourist cave infrastructure in the Zbrašovské Aragonite Caves
  • Ľ. Gaál: New entrance facilities at the Baradla Cave, Hungary

Speleological events and affairs

  • P. Bella: Scientific colloquium at the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the Ochtinská Aragonite Cave
  • P. Bella – P. Gažík: Forum „Karst and World Heritage in Europe“
  • P. Gažík: Meeting of the International Show Caves Association – Frasassi, Italy 2004
  • D. Haviarová – Z. Višňovská: 12th International School of Nature Protection of Karstic Areas, Dolní Věstonice (Czech Republic)
  • P. Staník: 4th seminar of the speleological guard service
  • P. Bella: 10th vocational seminar for show caves employees

Short news

  • Show caves attendance in 2004 (Ľ. Nudzíková – Ľ. Gaál)
  • Presentation of show caves at tourism exhibitions and fairs in 2004 (S. Ortutayová)
  • Regulation for the administration and state ownership of caves in the Slovak Republic (P. Bella)
  • New rules for visiting show caves (P. Bella)
  • The Slovak-Hungarian meeting of speleologists at Jósvafő in Hungary (D. Haviarová)
  • New pamphlet on the Domica – Baradla Caves as underground wetlands of international importance (Z. Višňovská)
  • Dolines in the Važecký Karst polluted again (P. Holúbek)
  • The Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic visits Silická ľadnica Cave (Ľ. Gaál)
  • Australian show caves managers in Slovakia (P. Bella)
  • Preparation for the 2nd International Worskshop on Ice Caves in Slovakia (J. Zelinka)

Karstological and speleological literature

  • P. Bella: R. Ellis (ed.): Karst and Caves of Wombeyan
  • Ľ. Gaál: K. Székely: Baradla-barlang
  • P. Bella: S. Galdenzi (ed.): Frasassi 1989 – 2004: gli sviluppi nella ricerca
  • P. Gažík: N. Zupan-Hajna (ed.): Use of modern technologies in the development of caves for tourism. Proceedings of the 4th International ISCA Congress.
  • J. Psotka: Ľ. Gaál (ed.): Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Pseudokarst
  • Ľ. Gaál: G. Szunyogh – J. Kisbán: Béke-barlang
  • P. Bella: International Journal of Speleology, 32 (1/4)
  • D. Haviarová: Podzemná voda, ročník X
  • J. Zelinka: J. Zimák – J. Štelcl: Přirozená radioaktivita horninového prostředí v jeskyních České republiky
  • Z. Višňovská: Subterranean Biology, 56/1
  • A. Mock: K. Tajovský – J. Šlaghamerský – V. Pižl (eds.): Proceedings of the 7th Central European Workshop on Soil Zoology
  • A. Mock: Stopama Gromačkog pračovjeka. Život u podzemlju Dubrovačkogo krša. Tracing the footsteps of the Gromača caveman. Life in Dubrovnik´s subterranean karst.

Social reports

  • J. Jakál: Jubilee of Anton Droppa, CSc.
  • J. Zelinka: Matúš Peško 50 years old
  • We congratulate...
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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