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Patricio Domínguez-Alonso, Enrique Aracil, J. Porres, Peter Andrews, Edward P. Lynch & John Murray
2016 September
Azokh Cave and the Transcaucasian Corridor.
Chapter 3 - Geology and Geomorphology of Azokh Caves
Dordrecht: Springer.
New York
In Press
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Azokh Cave, Lesser Caucasus, limestone, karstic geomorphology, electrical resistivity, epigenic, hypogenic.
Azokh Cave is located in the Lesser Caucasus and is hosted in Mesozoic limestone. It comprises a series of karstic cavities, chambers and passageways that interconnect to form a larger cave system. The geomorphology of the currently accessible sectors of the karstic cave network at Azokh is presented here, with many of its speleological features described in detail for the first time. This information, coupled with data relating to the surface topography of the internal cave infill, sheds light on the patterns of sediment infill within cave system. Electrical resistivity tomography, total station coordinates and topographic measurements made in the interior and at the exterior of this labyrinthine cave system are all applied in this study to arrive at an accurate description of its morphology. It remains unclear whether the cave formed from epigenic or hypogenic speleological processes (or a combination of the two). This question is further hampered by the presence of a large bat population in the interior of the cave; the guano deposits of which have and continue to modify the inner galleries.
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