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Speleological Project Ghar Alisadr (Hamadan/Iran), BHB Vol. 4   

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43 pp, many b&w-photos and surveys, annexes; Berlin 2001. M. Laumanns, S. Brooks, I. Dorsten, G. Kaufmann, M. Lopez-Correa & B. Koppen. In 2000/01 a German/British team explored Ghar Alisadr, which is the longest cave of Iran at 11.440 m. This volume gives a detailled description of Ghar Alisadr and adjacent caves. A chapter deals with the stand of spelaology in Iran. In English language. The speleological project "Topography of Ghar Alisadr (Hamadan, Iran)" was conducted in two phases that took place between the 1st and the 19th of Deceuber, 2000, and the 3rd and 22nd of August, 2001. It involved participants from the Geological Survey of Iran (GSI), the Alisadr Tourist's Company and a team of German Spelaologists (I. Dorsten, Dipl.-Geogr. K. Gladis, Dr. G. Kaufmann, Dipl-Geogr. B. Koppen, M. Laumanns, M. Lopez-Correa and T. Muller) and one British spelaologist (S. Brooks). The major aim of the project was to survey Ghar Alisadr (Alisadr Cave) and produce a map of cave passages. Ghar Alisadr belongs to the precious natural heritage of Iran. It is currently one of the 10 most important show caves of the world. Several written sources had indicated that the accumulated length of all the cave passages of Ghar Alisadr is supposed to be around 11-14 km. However, the length quoted was merely an orally stated value that has never been verified by a proper survey of the entire cave according to international standards. Before this project took place, only an incomplete map of the touristic section of the cave was available, based on the work of Hamadan mountaineers (published in Forti 1998). Further discoveries were merely sketched. The successful 2000 and 2001 projects resulted in 11.440 m of mapped passage length for Ghar Alisadr and have left the cave with only some minor open leads. Hence, Ghar Alisadr is currently by far the longest cave of Iran that is surveyed according to international standards. Difficult weather conditions with heavy snowstorms during the 2000 project prohibited extensive field excursions at that time, which were instead done during the 2001 project. Besides an examination of the area close to Ghar Alisadr a nuuber of other caves (Ghar Sarab, Ghar Soobashi and Ghar Gamasiab) were studied as well as karst springs and volcanic occurrences. The observations led to a supposed model of karstification and cave development in the Alisadr region.

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