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1100+ Caves on Lefka Ori Crete 1100+ Caves on Lefka Ori Crete

Date added: 01/23/2013
Date modified: 02/17/2013
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Crete, the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean sea has been subject to numerous speleological, archaeological and geological expeditions over the years. Nearly 50% of the  island is covered by limestones in the form of high rocky mountains.  Lefka Ori massif is located to the west side, in Hania district and it is the second highest on Crete (Pahnes, 2454m) and the largest by surface. Thanks to excellent cooperation developed between  local and international teams (the contributors), 1119 cave entrance coordinates have been recorded and consolidated in one single database. The effort lasted 9 years so far and the author apart from taking part in many of the above field trips, has been also the person collecting and consolidating the datasets from the teams involved. If we take into account the known work of other teams that concern datasets which are due to be shared with the author, the number of validated cave entrances in the massif are (today) more than 1400. The geocoded information provides new perspectives and opportunities in better understanding and exploiting speleological GIS datasets of the Lefka Ori massif. The subject of this paper is mainly presenting this dataset, the contributors and the effort and method used and makes a first attempt in exploiting this dataset. Announcing the outcome of this project to the global speleological community is also interesting as a benchmark and to share best (or worst) practices with other similar works carried out around the world.


News_from_Balkans_SEP2006 News_from_Balkans_SEP2006

Date added: 09/01/2006
Date modified: 09/01/2006
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Τα νέα των Βαλκανίων από τον Γ.Γραμματέα της BSU, Alexey Zhalow.

Recent exploration undertaken by S.EL.A.S. club in the "Dersios" sinkhole at Palaiochora, Arcadia Recent exploration undertaken by S.EL.A.S. club in the "Dersios" sinkhole at Palaiochora, Arcadia

Date added: 04/04/2007
Date modified: 04/04/2007
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Information about the recent explorations at the Dersios Sinkhole on the Paleochora plateau of the Tyros municipality of Arcadia. The sinkhole was explored to -81m by a French team (with assistance from the HSS) in 1974. From 2003 to 2005 SELAS caving club conducted many expeditions involving dives in four of the five sumps discovered in the system. The explored depth was doubled in 2003 and the explored length increased from 600m to more than 1.600m by the end of the 2005 explorations. Many of the sumps were emptied using the simple siphon technique to allow further exploration. The text of the report was drafted by N.Mitsakis and S.Zacharias for submission to the organisers of the 14th ICS for inclusion in the congress proceedings.

As at 2007, exploration is ongoing and information in Greek may be found through the forum on the website of SELAS. The current explored depth is -164m and the length of the cave has surpassed 1.800m.

The deepest and longest caves in Greece (English) The deepest and longest caves in Greece (English)

Date added: 12/02/2005
Date modified: 04/11/2007
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This article is a statistical analysis on the number ofdeep and long caves using several indicators likenumber of deep caves, number of deep caves per50000 sq Km, number of deep caves per millioninhabitants, number of long caves, number of longcaves per million inhabitants and number of long cavesper 50000 sq Km. Caves deeper or equal to the depthof -400m are considered as deep while caves longer orequal to 6000m are considered as long. Greece is thefocus but the analysis was made against the rest of theworld using Eric Mandelane ' s, World Cave Database (http://www-sop.inria.fr/agossophia/sis/DB/database.html) as a source.Population data is sourced from U.S. Census Bureau,Population Division. Land surface information percountry has been collected through internet resources.As a general conclusion caves found in Europe and Asiaare deeper than the caves in all other continents. Cavesin America are longer than those in the rest of theWorld. The top country according to most of theindicators is Slovenia. Greece is ranked between 8 thand 11 th place worldwide or within Europe on theindicators concerning deep caves.

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