UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

The Institute of Karst Research (Postojna, Slovenia) has published recently three new books.

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Dynamics of underground water in the karst catchment area of the Ljubljanica springs
By Janez Turk
Založba ZRC ? ZRC Publishing
The book is based on a several years long record of water levels and temperatures in caves between Planinsko polje and the springs of Ljubljanica. Correlation between the data, the discharge of the Unica river and the meteorological data gave new insight into the groundwater dynamics in relation to the recharge events as well as into hydrological role of Planinsko polje. The work clearly demonstrates caves as important observation points in karst hydrology.

Characteristics of percolation through the karst vadose zone
By Janja Kogovšek
Založba ZRC ? ZRC Publishing
The study of the vadose zone has been based on own continuous long-term measurements and analyses of precipitation on the surface and of several representative trickles in the vadose zone over consecutive hydrological years and it offers an explanation of the dynamics of the percolation of water and simultaneous transfer of contaminants and their impact on the dissolution of carbonate rock in the vadose zone. Emphasis is placed on a multi-parameter approach based on the simultaneous use of a number of different methods, not only tracing natural tracers but also tests with artificial tracers using different methods of injection. The research contributs to the understanding of the role of the vadose zone in the karst aquifer.

South China Karst 2
Edited by Martin Knez, Hong Liu, Tadej Slabe
Založba ZRC ? ZRC Publishing
Slovene and Chinese karstologists join studies from the chosen parts of diverse Yunnan karst, from topical cone karst on south and stone forest on center to mountain karst and high plateau karst of Tibet in the north. Presented are results of research in the karst on stone forests and other types of karst surfaces, soil erosion, the formation of tufa, vegetation, the development, age and sediment of karst caves, karst waters, epikarst fauna and the protection of the natural heritage.