Berliner Höhlenkundliche Berichte,
Inhalt Band 20:
Peter De Geest (ed.):
Soqotra Karst Project (Yemen), 2000 — 2004
[Inhaltsverzeichnis]   [Zusammenfassung]


Kapitel Titel Seite
Abstract / Résumé / Samenvatting / Zusammenfassung 5
1 Acknowledgements / Team Meübers 7
2 Introduction 9
2.1 General remarks 9
2.2 Fauna and flora of Soqotra Island (by Kay Van Damme) 9
2.2.1 Flora of Soqotra Island (by Kay Van Damme) 9
2.2.2 Fauna of Soqotra Island (by Kay Van Damme) 10
3 The karst of Soqotra Island 10
3.1 Geomorphological overview 10
3.2 Climate 12
3.3 Geological overview 13
3.3.1 The Momi karst plateau 14
3.3.2 The Deksam/Shebehan karst plateau 14
3.3.3 The Mahlez karst plateau 14
3.3.4 The Ghubbah cenotes 14
4 The caves of Soqotra Island 17
4.1 General remarks 17
4.2 Desriptions of surveyed caves 18
4.3 Desriptions of sketched caves 54
5 Palaeoclimatic studies 58
6 Biospeleological notes (by Kay Van Damme) 58
7 Archaeological notes 62
8 Protection and management 66
9 Conclusions and Outlook 66
10 References 67
Appendixes: Foldable surveys

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This volume presents a summary of the Soqotra Karst Project (SKP) — an ongoing multidisciplinary speleological investigation, focused on the island of Soqotra (Yemen). Palaeoclimate, biospeleological, archaeological and sustainable development studies are being conducted by Belgian experts in close co–operation with several Yemeni and other international project partners. This report is based on the recent “Soqotra Karst Project 2000–2004” (SKP 2005) publication that has been primarily released in Dutch and covers the six expeditions made by the SKP to Soqotra Island through Deceüber 2004. Since the first visits in 2000, a total of 28 caves have been mapped yielding 22,707 m of passageway. The longest cave explored so far is Giniba Cave at 7.5 km, while the deepest is Pit Cave (–145 m). Twelve more caves were visited but not surveyed, however three of them were sketched. Some of the caves provide significant freshwater resources. The scientific achievements with regard to speläothem dating are briefly explained, together with the biospeleological discoveries and intriguing archaeological remains found underground.

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