Scientific diving for geological research: Examples from Italy

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Scientific diving for geological research: Examples from Italy

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Title: Scientific diving for geological research: Examples from Italy
Author: Caramanna, G
Abstract: The Italian landscape is characterized by a widespread presence of limestone and karst phenomena with the formation of caves and sinkholes often hosting springs or small lakes. Scientific diving is a powerful tool to study the geological features of these cavities as it allows for data collection on geomorphology, palaeontology, palaeoclimatology and hydrogeology. Case studies are illustrated of geological investigations in karst springs, sinkholes and submarine caves. Owing to the potentially hazardous environments, sound procedures, training and specific methodologies for data collection have been developed and applied. In all of these situations, direct exploration by scientific diving permitted the collection of information which otherwise would not have been possible to attain.
Description: American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10410
Date: 2013

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