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UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 No.7 4 Uni on Internationale de Spéléologie (UIS) Commission on Volcanic Caves e NEWSLETTER May 2019


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 1 http://www.uis speleo.org/ http://www.vulcanospeleology.org/ No.73 September 2018 Contents . Page 3 Page 4 The Volcanic Cave Inventory Project of Lanzarote Page 7 Cueva Agua del León Page 23 Prehistoric Archaeolo gy, Vietnam Page 31 Lava caves in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces Page 46 Page 54 The Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter has been published regularly since December 22, 1993. The Newsletter is available free of ch arge to all members of the commission, and to others who are interested in Volcanic caves.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 2 UIS COMMISSION ON VOLCANIC CAVES Honorary Chairman William R. Halliday, M.D. wrhbna@bellsouth.net Chairman John Brush Warwillah@gmail.com Vice Chairman Greg Middleton ozspeleo @iinet.net.au Membership Officer Roberto Conti rcon tiggba@gmail.com Web Master Dirk Stoffels dirkjs123@bigpond.com Editor Ed Waters speleoed@outlook .com MISSION STATEMENT The UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves encourages exploration and scientific investigation of volcanic caves, and hosts the International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology about every two years COVER PHOTO Shenyang Cave, China By I. Ermakova


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 3 Editorial It has been seven months since Newsletter No.73, largely concerned with the events of the 18 th Symposium on Volcanic Caves, was published. Although this has been a long time, I am very hopeful that the wait has been worthwhile for No.74 which by any standards is a bumper issue. The bulk of the content is made up of four articles covering exploration and study of lava tube caves on three continents. Two from Asia reporting on work in China and Vietnam, one from South America and one from the Canary Islands which are geographically pa rt of Africa and politically part of Europe. I am sure that everyone interested in Volcanic Caves will find something of interest in these substantial works. In addition , there is news of an important academic study on Vulcanospelogenesis in another jour nal, an abstract of that work is included here along with links so that those interested can access this most interesting and substantial work. Since the last newsletter there has been a significant change in the working of the Commission. Historically th e Newsletter editor has also effectively administrated the membership of the commission and its communications. For some time, it has been recognised that this was not an ideal situation, not only due to the level of workload applied to one officer, but t hat the roles required different interests and skills. As such I am delighted that Roberto Conti has taken on this thankless task which allows me to concentrate on editing the newsletter. I will finally state that between Newsletters No.73 and No.74 I ha ve had a change of computer (and email address) . I THINK that all of the material submitted was transferred, and apologise unreservedly if anything was missed. If that has happened please let me know and I will include it in the next issue. It only remains to pass my thank s to all contributors, and to ask everyone to think about contributions for Newsletter No.75 towards the end of 2019. Ed Waters, 27 th May 2019


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 4 Message from the Chairman Hello fellow Vulcanospeleologists It has been quite a few months since the last e Newsletter and I hope you will agree that this issue was worth waiting for. There are substantial reports on investigatory and research work in volcanic areas in Vietnam, the Canary Islands (Lanzarote) and China. I am impressed with the diverse range of activities covered in these articles. This newsletter is an important medium for disseminating news and information about caves in volcanic areas to interested people all around the world. Another initiative of the UIS Commissi on on Volcanic Caves, and arguably its most important activity, is to convene International Symposiums (Symposia, if you prefer) on Vulcanospeleology (ISV). The ISVs are held every second year, with the next being the 19th ISV, which will take place in 20 20. I am pleased to advise that the First Circular for the 19th ISV has just been published. As I am sure many of you are aware, the symposium will take place from 29 August to 5 September 2020 in the city of Catania on the east coast of Sicily. The 19th ISV organising committee, comprising members of the Gruppo Grotte Catania (GGC) and the


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 5 University of Catania, has developed a comprehensive program of presentation ses si ons, caving trips, geological, cultural and heritage excursions and social ac tivities. The committee is also planning a partners program for those who consider there are more important things in life than visiting, or talking about, lava caves. The 28 page First Circular contains: the indicative symposium program; brief descript ions on some of the caves proposed to be visited; an outline of various excursion options; notes for intending presenters; preliminary information on accommodation options (detailed information will follow in the Second Circular, to be published later this year); registration information; and what is included in the registration fee. The circular also has important information about White Nose Syndrome (WNS) in bats. It requests that participants do not bring any gear from WNS areas and that participants decontaminate all gear that has previously been used in areas where WNS has not been identified. As addition precautions, GGC will set up a free gear decontamination area at the start of the symposium and will also have a number of sets of ba sic caving gear available for rent. I urge all intending participants to do everything they can to minimise the risk of spreading WNS. I wish to acknowledge the time and effort that Dr Carmelo (Mel) Bucolo and other members of the 19th ISV organising comm ittee have devoted to making preliminary arrangements for the symposium and developing the program outline. That some much has been sorted out so far in advance of the event is commendable and augers well for a well organised, comprehensive and enjoyable symposium. The First Circular is available on the ISV19 Website: http://www.19isvetna.com/index.php .


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 6 It can be downloaded from the Symposium/ Indicative Program page. Please click on the pdf icon at the foot of the page or go to: http://www.19isvetna.com/docs/IVS19_First_Circular.pdf page: http://www.vulcanospeleology.org/menu.html The Proceedings of the most recent International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology (18th ISV), held at held at Lava Beds California in July Website. They were first you would be aware, Peter and Ann Bosted were the key organisers of the 17th ISV, held at Ocean View, Hawaii in February 2016 and more recently, Peter organise d the presentations program for the 18th ISV. Individual papers (abstracts in some cases) from the 18th ISV can be downloaded in pdf format from: http://www.vulcanospeleology.org/sym18/Proceedings/Proceedings.html (ISV18 (Lava Beds) Finally, I would like to thank all of you for responding to the request by contact details for the Co Commission did lose a number of members as a result of the updating exercise, either because they could not be contacted or because they chose not to respond, the high level of positive responses indicates a Roberto and I will, of course, welcome any new applications to join (or rejoin) the Commission. The membership application form is available on John Brush Chairman UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 7 The Volcanic Cave Inventory Project of Lanzarote In 2011 I went to Lanzarote for the first time. My wife was looking at that time for a place nearby and having sun all year round. Well, at 4 hours flight distance from The Netherlands there was this Island, Lanzarote: dusty, dry, warm, no trees, in fact a bit like a desert. nothing in between. I got (caving) friends who have visited the island and said, never again. Yes , it is probably one of the most boring places around. You could visit all tourist attractions on the island in one day. There is a lot of dust and before th e climate change it could have a lack of rain for 4 years. Black and yellow form the natural view, and sometimes a bit of green. So , we went there, spent some time at the beach, did some running and immediately loved the island. In the meantime , I was wo ndering what to do to pass my time. As a caver since 1974 I had heard about lava caves from former Chairman Jan Paul van der Pas, who had visited the Canaries several times. I believe there even has been an attempt to have a post symposium trip into the ca ves over there which in the end had to be cancelled because of permit problems. Publications are rare and not very descriptive. Most of the exact locations are not published (kind of secret) and you have to find everything yourself. Then there is this prob lem that most of the island is under natural protection law so it is even forbidden to visit most of the caves.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 8 From 2012 I struggled finding caves on my own, visiting them with my family and trying to understand them and their source. We did some exploring, did a lot of data research at home and got a bit more of understanding how the caving scene worked on this island. It took several years to get to know to the right people who are willing to help you, are willing to trust you and to do more than only visiting caves. People that can help you to get into the caves and give you a hand while exploring or surveying. So somewhere in 2016 I became a kind of member of Vulcan Vertical, a caving and canyoning club in Arrecife. El P residente is Gustavo Davi d Santana Gomez, who is a walking library about the caves and canyons on Lanzarote. The clubs in fact do not do a lot of exploring but only visit and enjoy the caves. From then on , I had some companions who could help me to realise my fanatic idea to explo re and survey all Vulcanic caves on Lanzarote. There are some well k nown cav e s on the island which have been studied thoroughly. There are even secret caves of more than 17km length no one knows about, only 1 page in a magazine and some rumours. There are lost cave systems, which were visited in the 80s but due to the lack of entrance coordinates they could never be found again. The first object of my project was that I wanted to collect all surveys like a kind of inventory, so you know what there is and what you should protect. To put all caves in a register so they will not be lost for future (again) And also to produce an accurate survey (plan plus elevation) of each cave which then shows most of the content of the passages. Secondly, I wanted to inter est scientists like geologists and biologists in the underground scenery. Based on the inventory and remarks we make at every survey they could try to resolve the questions which we mentioned and had been left open.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 9 Thirdly, I wanted to explore the caves. There is no better way to find new passages than while surveying. It appeared that most data from caves were based on rumours and inaccurate measurements. I assume this is caused by all this secrecy on caves, the so called protection thing, which in fac So , it appeared that the knowledge of most caves (except for the 4 famous ones) was based on presumptions. A cave which ha d been known as 110m. deep for 20 years appeared to be 70m. deep. Caves which had been known for 30 years to be 900m. long appeared to be 1500m long. Caves known as Cueva Grande were just 8m. long and caves which went in on one side of the island and had a ccording to rumours a connection to the other side of the island were just 50m. long. So , time to clear all these rumours, secrets and just unknown, incorrect knowledge. In July 2017 we had our first cave fully explored and surveyed. Surveying was done with a Leica Disto X laser, data forwarded in the cave to a Samsung note, based on Topodro id. Then at home it was exported to a window machine into Compass date software which did all the calculation. Then exported through a Vector convertor called SVG exporter into Adobe illustrator where all the further rendering was done. The Author Using Methods to Overcome Magnetic Errors in Surveys; Photo: Laurens Smets


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 10 With Cueva de l os Naturalistas we had the first start of our project called: Estudios y Topografias para el Cuidado y Conservación de nuestros Tubos Volcanicos (study and surveying for the Care and Conservation of our Volcanic Tubes) A mutual project of a few members from Vulcan Vertical and from Speleo Nederland. Below you will find a comparison of the existing black and white survey of Cueva de Los Naturalistas in 1984 and our survey from 2017 on the following page .


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UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 12 Exact figur es are not known about the number of caves on the Island. There are loads of small ones, probably innumerable, as in the lava fields all around there are holes and fissures, at the sea side t here are hundreds flow tubes, Pyroclastic caves, volcanic vent shafts, eruption shafts and Sima de Tinguatón Sima de Tinguaton was explored by us from January 2018 to January 2019. This cave, also called Sima del Diablo, is one of the deepest V o lcanic shafts in Europe. The system is in fact one volcanic fissure consisting of 7 depressions of which 6 ar e real shafts, as you can see on the survey below . Some are now connected. Others are only theoretically connected as you can tell from the strong wind inside. The system has been described as 99m. deep, (ref. Diego Serantes Vergara, Gota a Gota 2, 2013) but this could not be confirmed despite our hard efforts in the small squeezes although in one place there is a continuation of about 20cm width and about 20 m 30m. estimated depth. So still something to do!! Sima 3 is the most visited shaft and is about 50m.deep, not too small. After that it becomes tight, nasty and dry warm. You can view a short film about the tight squeezes on our website https://www.lanzarotecaves.com/sim a de tinguaton sima del diablo/ Although we renewed some bolts (there are just a few) take some rope protectors and some M10 hangers + screws. Due to the salty rock and wind the bolts do not last very long in there!! The other shafts are less visited as there are really dangerous rockfall and just few or no bolts in some of them.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 13 The origin of the shafts is described by Francesco Sauro (ref.) as: first of the eruption of stage of this historic eruption. This type of volcanic cave is very rare in the world.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 14 Cueva de las Breñas Cueva de las Bre ñ as or T ú nel del Viento is a very special cave with very junctions in it leading down to the sea on several levels. In some places real labyrinthic. Most of the cave is low, sometimes you have to crawl fo r 20 or 30 meter s . Not a good cave when you got backaches. The cave has been known for years as a low crawling cave about 900m long. Just surveying all side passages, all levels and just going into each corner and tube resulted now in almost 1500m. length and still some exploring to do (see surveys on following page) . The cave is a real mystery. In several parts there is quite some calcite on the volcanic rock, as if there has been flowing water. There are several calcite like phenomena which you can find in calcite caves, like some big disks, calcified stalagmites, calcified riverbeds. In one place deep in the cave you will find caracoles, the snail shells which possibly were thrown away by natives in the past. The tubes look like coming from nowhere. No rmally the caves on Lanzarote are quite young, as the Volcanoes are. But this one leads upwards into one of the oldest vulcanic regions of the Canaries. Somewhere between 13,5Ma and 14,5Ma. In the Miocene period, the Los Ajaches Volcanoes erupted and the o ldest mountains from the Canaries were formed. I am not a geologist, but even so I cannot imagine that this cave is from cave on Lanzarote. And you have to imagine that we are now in an exploring stage so entering tubes from 13,5Miljon years old where a time being we keep dreaming.


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UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 16 Calcite Pillar Calcite Floor Disk Typical Gallerie s Cueva de las Breñas; Photos: Laurens Smets


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 17 Corona Lava Tube System according the island inhabitants are called, I had a kind of easier way to get into contact with responsible persons I got into contact with the ESA (European Space Agency) which takes through their Pangaea training program a special interest in caves and geology on Lanzarote. This group do their training for geolog y and caves on Lanzarote and their goal is in the end to get into the v o lcanic caves on the Moon and on Mars. Biology made things easier for me on Lanzarote and in the end I got int o contact with managers from the tourist caves and the director of Geoparque Lanzarote y Archipielago Chinijo. In 2018 we started to do a survey of a part of the longest Anchialine Cave system in the Canaries: the lowest part of the more than 9km. long C orona lava tube system in the north east of the island. This anchialine system consists of Cueva de Siete Lagos, Jameos del Agua and Tunél de la Atlántido. Together nearly 3km. long. The Tunél de la Atlántido is with 1,6km. length the longest flooded lava tunnel in the world. Some members of the Pangaea team surveyed at that time with a LIDAR machine most parts of the Corona system. As they carry valuable irreplaceable precision instruments they asked us to survey the wet and vertical sections as we did. At this moment the ver tical Jameos on top of the mountain and the Corona cave tunnels at Maguéz are still lacking, but we plan to do them 2019/2020. (The latest issue of the survey can be found overleaf Ed.).


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 18 A survey of the nearly 9km. long Corona lava tube. (Survey by Tommaso Santagata.With kindly permission of Maria Elena Mateo Mederos, Geoparque Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands)


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 19 The Corona System ; Photos: Laurens Smets The lakes in Cueva de los Siete Lagos The lakes in Cueva de los Siete Lagos One of the entrances into the 9km. long Corona Lava T ube system


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 20 Look out for more news I could fill up a complete booklet on what has been done, what we do and what we still have to do in our inventory and exploring project on Lanzarote. For this reason, we started up a special website only about the caves on Lanzarote. You can find this at www.lanzarotecaves.com In this inventory you can find for each surveyed cave the map, some pictures and a copy of all publications which have been made on a certain cave. We invite cavers who got information, old surveys, descriptions or publications which cannot yet be found on our website to share them with us. We then can put them on this website for you, share them with scientists, learn from them and in that way get more and more knowledge about where and what needs to be protected. Without knowledge and without publications investigations have to be done over and over again which is a waste of time. You have to imagine that all we discover, all known caves we survey and describe, all phenomena which we p ut on paper are mostly new for scientists and even for old cavers that have lived on the Island all their lives. I believe that especially on Lanzarote the time of secrecy and rumours is over and we should work on sharing knowledge so this knowledge is preserved, does not get lost and can be used by scientists in their nature protections programs. Laurens Smets


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 21 LIST OF MOST IMPORTANT CAVES LANZAROTE Name Location Type Length / m Depth / m Info Corona Lava Tube System: 1. Jameos de Arriba (Los Escaladores) 2. Jameo de Prendes 3. Jameo de la Gente 4. Jameo de Puente Roca 5. Jameo Cumplido 6. Jameo de la Puerta Falsa 7. Cueva de los Verdes 8. Cueva de los Siete Lagos 9. Jameos del Agua 10. Túnel de la Atlántida Malpaís de la Corona/Haría Lava tube Anchialine cave Anchialine Anchialine 8960 ?? 2 3=1340 3 6=1534 6 7=3090 730 540 1726 227 ?? 46 64 Confirmed by Santagata /Smets/ Santana Gómez Cuevas de Máguez Malpaís de la Corona/Haría Lava tube >100 En Estudio Cueva Escondido o Tubo Perdido Timanfaya Lava tube 17000 Not published/ not confirmed Cueva Covón/Chifletera Timanfaya Lava tube 600 Not confirmed Cueva Esqueleto/Paso Timanfaya Lava tube 600 Not confirmed Cueva de Los Pescadores Timanfaya Lava tube 900 Not confirmed Cueva del Lago de Lava Timanfaya Lava tube 520 Not confirmed Cueva la Pedrera Timanfaya Lava tube 320 Not confirmed Cueva Montaña Rajada Timanfaya Lava tube 168 Not confirmed Cueva Pequeña Montaña Rajada Timanfaya 50 Not confirmed Sima de Pedro Perico Timanfaya Volcanic Vent / lavatube 201 31 C. Sendero de Mtña. Hernández Timanfaya Lava tube? 157 Not confirmed Cueva de Caldera Escondida Timanfaya Lava tube? 150 Not confirmed Cueva de las Plumas Timanfaya 86 Not confirmed Cueva del Alpendre Timanfaya 80 Not confirmed Hornitos de ls Clacas Timanfaya Hornitos 35 14 Not confirmed Hornito de La Perola Timanfaya Hornitos 18 21 Not confirmed


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 22 Name Location Type Length /m Depth /m Info Simas de Tinguaton /del Diablo Tinajo Geyser Vent 298 70 Cueva Canal de Pico Partido 1/2 Tinajo Lava tube 99 9/+ 13 Nueces/ Santa Catalina Tinajo Volcanic Vent / Lava Tube 44/39/24 /25/32 4/ 9/ 11/ 9/ 15 Cueva Montaña Bermeja El Golfo In Pyroclasts / Lava Tube 75 7/ +5 Cueva Choco El Golfo Lava tube 680 Not confirmed Cueva de Carmelo El Golfo 122 Not confirmed Cuevas de Mozaga Mozaga Lava tube 77 2 200m not confirmed Cueva de Los Naturalistas / Las Palomas Masdache Lava tube 1640 11/+6 Cuevas de Tizalaya 1/2 Masdache Lava tube 43/21 3/ 3 Tizalaya 3 Masdache Lava tube 250 Not confirmed Gateras de Sory Masdache Lava Tube 80 2 Cueva de Nazaret Nazaret Lava Tube 150 Not confirmed Cueva de Playa Blanca / Cueva de Rubicon Playa Blanca Lava Tube 125 16/ +5 Cueva Las Breñas / Túnel del Viento Las Breñas Lava tube 1470 14/+2 2 C. de San Bartolomé o de las Cucas San Bartolomé 105 Not confirmed Cueva de Ajey San Bartolomé 120 Not confirmed Cuevas de La Atalaya Las Cuevas (Maguez) In pyroclasts 900 Artificial mines Cueva de la Mora Tequise 70 Not confirmed Cuevas de Tahiche/ Cueva del camion Tahiche In Pyroclasts /Lava tube 198 21 * All data compiled by Laurens Smets and confirmed on www.lanzarotecaves.com except data mentioned in info Colum n.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 23 Una N ueva C avidad en L avas P ahoehoe en el E xtremo N orte de la Payunia, Provincia de Mendoza, Nor Patagonia, Argentina Resumen Se expone brevemente el primer relevamiento espeleológico de la Cueva Agua del León, en el extremo norte de la región de Payunia, provincia de Mendoza; es la segunda cavidad de ese tipo relevada en dicha zona; la primera es la Cueva de la Barda. Se hace una breve descripción de ambas cavidades; llama la atención, respecto de ambas cuevas, la presencia de espeleotemas de carbonato de calcio como formaciones que muestran una actividad hidrológica secundaria muy intensa en el pasado reciente, teniendo en cuenta que la zona vive una sequía generalizada de casi una década. Se incluyen las topografías de las dos cavidades y fotos de la cueva Agua del León. Abstract The first speleological survey of the Cueva Agu a del León, in the extreme north of the Payunia region, province of Mendoza, is briefly exposed; it is the second cavity of that type surveyed in said area; the first is the Cueva de la Barda. A brief description of both cavities is made; calls attention, with respect to both caves, the presence of calcium carbonate speleothems as formations that show a very intense secondary hydrological activity in the recent past, taking into account that the area experiences a generalized drought of almost a decade. The topographies of the two cavities and photos of the Agua del León cave are included.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 24 Introducción Tal como venimos diciendo en trabajos anteriores (Benedetto, 2008), la Payunia (o Payenia) es una región a la que podríamos considerar un para la espeleología argentina y mundial, en tanto todavía está pendiente de hacer una exploración sistemática de la colada basáltica más extensa del planeta (Pasquaré et al, 2008), que nace en el cerro Payún y se extiende por casi 200 kilómetros hasta la provincia de La Pampa. Los 800 volcanes del distrito volcánico Payunia se encuentran en su casi totalidad en Malargüe, Municipio del extremo sur de Mendoza, que políticamente pertenece a la región de Cuyo de esa provincia, pero que geográficamente es Nor Patagonia. El sur de Mendoza y Neuquén forman parte, geológicamente, de la Cuenca Neuquina, donde se concentra el 90% del patrimonio espeleológico de todo el país. Las lavas pahoehoe derraman la Payunia mendocina desde el extremo sur de la provincia hacia el norte de Neuquén y hacia la provincia de La Pampa. De hecho, y tal como muestra el mapa, la mayor parte de las cuevas catastradas hasta el momento se encuentra en la zona de influencia del Volcán Payún y sólo una de ellas, hasta el momento, en la del Volcán Alvear, San Rafael y Malargüe. La Cueva de La Barda, relevada en 2002 por el Centro Argentino de Espeleología (Catastro Espeleológico Argentino Ces, cueva M.43) y la cueva Ag ua del León, relevada y registrada por la Federación Argentina de Espeleología (FAdE) el 29 de abril de este año. Según las comunicaciones personales de Pablo Puig (CAE), La Barda. a pesar de la sequedad y de su espeleogénesis no kárstica, fue una cueva hi drológicamente muy activa. Características parecidas encontramos en la cueva Agua del León. En la actualidad debe tenerse en cuenta que la zona viene sufriendo de una sequía que ya lleva una década. Pero sus espeleotemas siguen siendo muy atractivos, producto de la salinidad de las aguas que penetran por las grietas.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 25 El mapa de nuestra publicación de 2008, está modificado con el agregado de esta nueva cavidad con una cruz roja:


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 26 Cueva Puesto La Barda Según nos lo comunicaron los colegas del Centro Argentino de nororiental del Cerro Negro, localizado 10 km al SSE de la localidad Las Malvinas, Departamento San Rafael, Mendoza. Las coordenadas geográficas de la boca d e acceso fueron medidas con GPS. La Caverna Puesto de la Barda, constituye un túnel lávico de orientación general N 45° E, formado por el vaciado de un conducto de alimentación de las coladas del volcán Cerro Negro. En su morfología se destaca una sala, fo rmada en su extremo sudoccidental, y originada por un ensanche del túnel lávico, cuya morfología original se ha visto modificada por el derrumbe de parte de la bóveda original, a favor de un conspicuo diaclasamiento con separación entre diaclasa de 30 a 50 cm y favorecido por niveles aglomerádicos menos consolidados intercalados en la lava; la boca de acceso se ha formado por desplome de un sector del techo de la galería, originando un parcial cierre de la galería hacia el noreste.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 27 En los sectores sin derr umbes se observa que el piso de la caverna está cubierto por material arenoso externo probablemente aportado por torrentes de agua temporarios. Este material ha producido la colmatación y cierre de ambos extremos de la galería. Debe su nombre por su cercan ía al Puesto La Barda. El Cerro Negro forma parte de un conjunto de centros efusivos dispuestos siguiendo líneas de fracturación NNO SSE. Estos volcanes están constituidos por tobas, brechas y coladas de basalto de edad pleistocena y asignados a la Formaci ón Maipo. Las coladas basálticas tienen color negro azulado y localmente presentan coloración marrón por oxidación de minerales ferromagnesianos. Presentan disyunción columnar y localmente lajosa. Presentan poros producidos por escapes gaseosos y es común Pablo, com. pers.). La Cueva de La Barda fue topografiada en sólo 25 metros de su extensión, pero en sus dos extremos presenta un descenso del techo y obturamiento por arena que ingresa por sedimentación eólica, qu e hace pensar que, removiendo tal obstáculo, podría tratarse de una cavidad de mayor magnitud. Lo mismo puede decirse de la cueva Cavidad Agua del León, de la se hizo una topografía muy rudimentaria, pero que en principio arroja un desarrollo de aproximada mente 80 90 metros. Cueva Agua del León Esta cavidad fue visitada muchas veces por los propios lugareños, pero el primer relevamiento espeleológico, con levantamiento de datos de georreferenciación y una topografía rudimentaria, fue llevado a cabo el 29 de abril de 2019, ocasión en que además se tomaron abundantes fotografías. Participaron: Tobías Etienne Greenwood (Universidad de Pau, Francia /FAdE), Carlos Pía (Director de Protección Ambiental del Municipio de Gral. Alvear), su hijo Agustín (fotógrafo) y el autor de esta comunicación. El punto rojo de esta foto indica la ubicación de la cavidad respecto del Volcán Nevado y de la localidad de Punta de Agua. Desde la ciudad de General Alvear, se accede a la cueva yendo por la ruta provincial 190, luego la ruta Provincial 179, pasando la localidad de Punta de Agua y el Arroyo Agua del León.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 28 La cuevas presenta dos bocas de acceso, distantes una de otra unos 27 mera de ellas permite un recorrido de no más de 5 o 6 metros en dirección a la segunda, pero esa ruta se encuentra bloqueada por derrumbes. La segunda boca es una pequeña sima de unos 5 metros, producto del colapso del techo. A partir de allí, y por unos 50 metros más, se desarrolla el resto de la cavidad en dirección Este Oeste. Como anticipamos antes, este tubo lávico estaba muy seco y con abundante guano de distintos animales, especialmente pequeños roedores. En algunos pasajes se puede caminar, pero en otros es necesario arrastrarse y en todos los casos es intensa la cantidad de polvo en suspensión, por lo que se hace aconsejable explorarla con, más tiempo y con barbijos. Como en La Barda, en el paisaje hipogeo se aprecian vestigios de pequeños cursos d e agua hoy secois, producto de las infiltraciones desde la superficie, como asimismo espeleotemas de material calcáreo en el techo y hasta columnas de singular belleza.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 29 En ambos extremos de la cavidad hay taponamientos de arena, indicadores de que la cavid ad, si fuera posible drenar esas arenas, puede ser mucho más extensa que los escasos 90 metros explorados. Hemos recibido datos de otras cavidades en la región, lo que indicaría que el sur atraer a los espeleólogos especializados en tubos lávicos Carlos Benedetto Federación Argentina de Espeleología carlos_benedetto@fade.org.ar Bibliografía BENEDETTO, C., 2008. Estado actual del conocimiento de los tubos lávicos en la región de Payunia (Mendoza, La Pampa, Neuquén Argentina). En: Actas del III Congreso Argentino de Espeleología, Malargüe, pp. 147 155. (En: www.fade.org.ar/contenidos) CATASTRO ESPELEOL"GICO ARGENTINO, CEA, 2002. Cueva M 43. Inédito PASQUARÉ, G. et al, 2008. Very long Pahoehoe inflated basaltic lava flows in the Payenia volcanic province (Mendoza and La Pampa province). En: Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina 63 (1), 131 149. Buenos Aires


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 30 Cueva Agua del León ; Photos: Carlos Benedetto


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 31 OUTSTANDING PREHISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL VALUE OF LAVA CAVES IN KRONGNO DISTRICT, DAK NONG PROVINCE, VIETNAM 1. Introduction The year 2007 was considered as the important milestone in the history of lava cave studying in Vietnam, when La The Phuc first time discovered and recognized lava cave in Krongno area as a geological heritage, in the d research of geological heritage to build a geopark and environmental protection in the Trinh Nu waterfall (2007 2008) [3;4;5;6;10]. The results of scientific research cooperation project s between Vietnamese scientists leading by La The Phuc and the members of the NPO Vulcano Speleological Society of Japan leading by H. Tachihara and T. Honda have discovered and surveyed 45 lava caves, in which 20 caves have been mapped. The Krongn o lava cave system has been evaluated and recognized as the largest and most unique volcanic cave system in Southeast Asia. The initial research results on the volcanic caves in the studied area show that their heritage potential is very large in three fie lds: geology, biology and culture archaeology [2;8;13;14;15;16]. Geologically, all of the volcanic caves have endogenous origin, meanwhile almost cave entrances are secondary formations, created by their roof collapse. The interior formations of the vo lcanic caves are rich and diverse in types. They are scientific evidences for the cave formation mechanism, reflect the processes of lava flowing in the tube caves, interaction between different lava flows, between earlier lava flows and the later ones, be tween lava flows and lava cave environment as well [8].


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 32 Some illustration images for lava caves in Krongno area the origin of the Krongno lava cave system. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Interior of the C7 cave the longest lava cave of SE Asia (1066.5m). Source: TN17/T06 project The secondary entrance of the C7 lava cave created by a roof collapsed area. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat A big lava tree mold in the C3 lava cave. Photo: T. Honda Complicated ropy lava flows in the upstream of the C7 lava cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat The A1 cave was named its unique structure. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 33 Splash stalactite in the C6.1 cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Lava level marks on the wall of the C7 lava cave. Photo: La The Phuc Saw blade stalactites in the C0 lava cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Lava glaze in the upstream of the C6.1 la va cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Ship bow structure formed by two lava flows in the C2 lava cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Tube in tube structure in the upstream of the C7 lava cave. Photo: La The Phuc Biologically, there are ma ny species of bat, snake, frog, insect and micro organism found living in these caves. Of these, some new and endemic species are only found in the Krongno volcanic cave system.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 34 Several animals, such as bats, snakes, frogs, scorpions, spiders and snails, including new and endemic species, have been found in lava caves in Krongno. Source: TN17/T06 project.


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UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 36 2. Outstanding prehistoric archaeological value of lava cave in Krongno area In term of culture archaeology, the Krongno volcanic caves were investigated in 2017, in the frame of the institution level scientific projects of the Vietnam National Museum of Nature and urgent task of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. It was the first time, many valuable prehistoric archaeological remains have been revealed in the lava caves in Krongno. The artefacts collected from the cave floor and in a shallow a nd small pit in C6.1 are quite plenty and diverse, including: stone tools, pottery, animal bones and teeth, shells of different mollusc types, but human bone/skeleton and marine mollusc shells have not been discovered yet [7;9;11;12]. Pottery pieces and stone tools collected in C6.1 lava cave floor and in the excavated test pit in 2017. Source: TN17/T06 project In the beginning of 2018, also in the frame of the TN17/T06 project, the leading by La The Phuc in collaboration with Vietnamese archaeologists leading by Nguyen Khac Su have successfully excavated the prehistoric archaeological sites at C6' and C6 1 caves.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 37 The results of the excavations have revealed many unique archaeological structures such as kitchen, kitchen waste pit, rounded stone structure, etc. Also, dozens of thousands of artefacts have been collected, including stone tools, bones and teeth of many different animal species. Especially, three skeletons of prehistoric men have been excavated at the NE entrance of the C6.1 lava cave. The new discovery makes most scientists feel surprised and shoc ked because animal bones and human skeletons excavated before due to very thick weathering layer in The Central Highlands [1;17]. Preliminary excavation results were successful beyond expectation: the culture layer in the excavation pit (1.85m deep) is thickest of all archaeological sites excavated in The Central Highlands. Dozens of thousands of artefacts in the diverse archaeologic al relics have been collected, reflecting the long term residence and temporary hunting sites of prehistoric people there. The three human skeletons in the C6.1 lava cave excavation pit have proved the burial relics (the way of burying the dead) of prehist oric people. Five ground marine mollusc shells have been collected, proved the interaction between local prehistoric people with the prehistoric marine ones. The results of the radiocarbon dating of the 14 charcoal samples collected from the excavation pit in the C6.1 lava cave show around 7,000 to 3,000 BP, equivalent to the Early Neolithic to the Early Metal [9;17]. In the most recent excavation of the project TN17/T06, conducted in March 2019, the earlier C6.1 excavation pit has been expanded wider an d deeper. Besides many other important artefacts, another two ancient human skeletons have been excavated. They all are continuing to be researched in many fields, with traditional as well as modern methods to clarify the relationship between prehistoric r esidents in the past and modern people in the Central Highlands, Vietnam and Southeast Asia as well.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 38 The C6.1 lava cave pit and some typical artefacts excavated in 2018 and 2019 Cultural stratigraphical layer has not found in the South entrance of the C6.1. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat Eight cultural stratigraphical layers divided in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T06 project The prehistoric people chose the NE entrance of the C6.1 as their best home to live approx. 7,000 3,000 years BP. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 39 Lava shelf suspended on the wall of the NW entrance of the C6.1 lava cave. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat The C6.1 excavation pit in the NE entrance of the C6.1 lava cave. Source: TN17/T06 project Biface hand axe in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T06


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 40 Fresh water snail shells in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T06 project Five ground marine snail shells have been found in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T06 project. Fish backbone in the excavation pit in the C6.1 lava cave in 2018. Source: TN17/T06 project Bivalve shells in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T06 project


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 41 The M1 skeleton first revealed in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Source: TN17/T0 6 project The entire M1 skeleton revealed in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2019. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat The skull of M2 skeleton has been restored after the 2018 excavation. Photo: Nguyen Lan Cuong The M2 skeleton of a 4 year girl dating back 6,100BP, revealed in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2018. Photo: Le Xuan Hung


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 42 The M3 skeleton revealed in the C6.1 excavation pitin 2018. Photo: Le Xuan Hung The M4 skeleton just revealed in the C6.1 excavation pit in 2019. Photo: Luong Thi Tuat 3. Conclusion As the most important and key/pillar heritage of Krongno Volcano Geopark, that now has been renamed Dak Nong Geopark, lava caves in Krongno area contain both natural and cultural heritage values: geological heritage, biological diversity as well as archaeological values. Archaeological sites in the Krongno lava caves contain residence evidences of prehistoric people lived there. Especially, their skeletons firstly have been discovered in right the lava cave. The important discovery has recognized a new form of residence and ways of adaptation of the ancient people in The Central Highlands of Vietnam. The results of the C6.1 excavation clearly show the livin g of people, who occupied and owned the Krongno volcanic region, dated back to around 7,000 4,000 BP. These results make great contributions to understanding of regional history, exhibitions, conservation and tourism. In order to use these values efficie ntly, excavation and in situ conservation should be considered as the best possible/optimal method, which might be applied to other sites as well. The present study was supported by the project TN17/T06 of The Central Highlands Programme 2016 2020 stage.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 43 Authors La The Phuc(1), Luong Thi Tuat(1), Nguyen Khac Su(2), Nguyen Lan Cuong(2),Nguyen Thanh Tung(3), Vu Tien Duc(4), Le Xuan Hung(5), Phan Thanh Toan (6), Pham Gia Minh Vu(1), Tran Minh Duc(1), Nguyen Trung Minh(1) Corresponding author: Luong Thi Tuat; e mail: t_luongthi@yahoo.com.vn (1): Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (2): Vietnam Archaeology Association (3): International tour guide Phu Gia Phat HCM. Co., Ltd (4): Institute of The Central Highlands, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (5): Da Lat University (6): Vietnam Institute of Archaeology Keywords: lava cave, geological heritage, artefact, prehistoric, skeleton.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 44 References 1. Nguyen Lan CUONG, 2018. The first human skeletons discovered in The Central Highlands: The milestone of An cient Anthropology in Vi t Nam. Vietnam Journal of Science and Technology. ISSN 1859 4794. Vol.715. N010A. p.44 46. 2. Tsutomu HONDA, Hiroshi Tachihara, 2015. Vietnam Volcanic Cave Survey. e NEWSLETTER, UIS Commission on Volcanic caves, N069, April, 2015, p. 11 12. 3. research of geological heritage to build a geopark and environmental protection in the Trinh Nu waterfall area, CuJut Geological Mus eum, General Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam, Hanoi. 4. La The PHUC, 2008. Geoheritage of East and Southeast Asia. Chapter 9. Geoheritage of Vietnam, p. 251 291. CCOP. Printed by AMPANG PRESS SDN. BHD 56100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 5. La The PHUC, Luong Thi Tuat, 2011. Some typical geoheritages in The Central Highlands and solutions for conservation and sustainable development. Proceedings APGN2, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2011. 6. La The PHUC, Luong Thi Tuat, Truong Quang Hai, Nguyen Thi Minh Ngoc, Province, Vietnam. VNU Journal of Science: Earth and Environmental Sciences. ISSN 2588 1094. Vol. 31, N02 (2015), p.36 46. 7. La The PHUC, Nguyen Khac Su, Vu Tien Duc, Luong Thi Tuat, Phan Thanh Toan, Nguyen Thanh Tung, Nguyen Trung Minh, 2017. New discovery of prehistoric archaeological remnants in volcanic caves in Krông Nô, Dak Nong Province. Vietnam Journal of Earth Sciences, 39(2), p.97 108. 8. La The PHUC et al., 2018. Geological values of lava caves in Krongno Volcano Geopark, Dak Nong, Vietnam. Vietnam journal of Earth sciences, Vol.40, N04; p. 299 319, Sep. 2018. ISSN 0866 7187. Available at: < http://www.vjs.ac.vn/index.ph p/jse/article/view/13101 >. Date accessed: 30 Apr. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.15625/0866 7187/40/4/13101 .


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 45 9. La The PHUC et al., 2018. Reconnaissance and conservation of prehistoric archaeologi cal relics in the C6.1 lava cave in Krongno, Dak Nong province. Proceedings of the international conference on International Integration of Conservation Opportunities and Challenges for Cultural Heritage Values. ISBN: 978 604 73 6535 7. Publishing House of the HCM City National University. p.297 309. 10. Truong Quang QUY, La The Phuc, 2010. Trinh N waterfall k Nông province. Journal of Geology; series B.35 36/2010; 131 139. Department of Geology and Minerals of Vietnam. Ha Noi. 11. Nguyen K hac SU, 2007. Prehistoric Archaeology of The Central Highlands. Publishing House of Education, Hanoi. 12. Nguyen Khac SU et al, 2017. New discoveries on archaeology in 2017. ISBN 9786049563966, Publishing House of Social Sciences, p.42 56 (including 4 articles ). 13. Hiroshi TACHIHARA, Edition, NPO Vulcano Speleological Society, 2012. Vietnam Volcanic Cave Project Preliminary Report. 17~23 April 2012, Sakae Print Company. Japan. 14. Hiroshi TACHIHARA, Edition, NPO Vulcano Speleological Society, 2014. Vietnam Volcanic C ave Project Intermediate Report. 28 December 2013~4 January 2014, Sakae Print Company. Japan. 15. Hiroshi TACHIHARA, T. Honda, 2015. Vietnam Volcanic Cave Project Third Report. NPO Vulcano Speleological Society, 26 December 2014~3 January, Sakae Print Company , Japan. 16. Hiroshi TACHIHARA, Yuriko Chikano, 2018. Vietnam volcanic cave 2017 survey report. NPO Vulcano Speleological Society, Japan. 17. UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves, 2018. Ancient skeletons discovered in Krong No volcanic caves, Vietnam. e NEWSLETTER, U IS Commission on Volcanic caves, N073, October, 2018, p.31.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 46 Lava caves in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces (NE China) The Jingpohu Global Geopark in Heilongjiang province is formed by volcanic rocks and is situated abou 110 km south of Mudanjiang city. The volcanic zone is situated along the important NE striking Dunhua Mishan fault at the eastern margin of the Eurasian Plate. Approx imately 500 km2 of lava were emitted in several Pliocene Holocene eruptive phases between 780,000 and 2,500 years ago by 16 local craters, 4 of which are accessible to visitors in the Crater National Forest Park at an elevation of about 1,070 m a.s.l. in t he NW corner of the park, also known as the has travelled down a 60 km long tributary valley towards the Mudanjiang river in the SE and has finally blocked the river forming the famou s Diaosuilou waterfall, now being part of the touristic attractions of the Geopark. The Jingpohu Global Geopark ; Photo: Michael Laumanns


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 47 Wood & Zhang (2010) have briefly described the geological settings as well as seven caves from the afore mentioned lava flow: Weihuting Cave, upflow about 5.2 km from the G gate; Longyandongtian Cave (Dragon Rock Cave), 9.2 km from the entrance gate; Shenshui Cave (Driven Water Cave), 200 m SE of Longyandongtian Cave; Gubindong Cave (Ancient Ice Cave), 15 km from the entrance gate (3 roof collapses leading d own into one cave); Jimei Cave (Sisters Cave), 13.3 km from the entrance gate (small roof collapse separating 2 cave segments); Kanlianmiying Cave (Anti Japan Allied Army Secret Camp), 19 km from the entrance gate (has Chinese army remains). A short cave ( Since 2010, a number of the afore mentioned caves, as well as other cave sites, were made accessible to tourists by wooden walkways from the main German cavers in January 2019 and are described below in their order from SE to NW along the main road towards the craters . Regrettably, our team had no permission to do any surveying work. A proper cave documentation was suggested to the Geopark management though. Shenyang (Sheep) Cave is the first lava cave signposted on the main road to the craters. The cave is accessible by a wooden plankway with stairs. It is situated only 20 m from the road. The main (NW) entrance leads into a passage about 4 m wide and high which winds in southerly direction. After about 50 m another walkable roof collapse is reached and the cave bends towards the SE, passes a small daylight in the roof and finally ends in an ice plug. The cave is a cold air trap and probably the ice remains during the entire year. Temperatures in the whole cave were well below the freezing point during our visit. There is beautiful aa rope lava on the floor as well as lava ledges along both walls. This cave does not match any of the descriptions provided by Wood & Zhang (2010). The length of the cave is estimated to be 150 m.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 48 Shenyang Cave; Photo: I. Ermakova. Ice in Shenyang Cave; Photo: I. Ermakova.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 49 Nested Caves is a succession of short lava caves and signposted very close to the main road. The ensemble has short tube segments as well as a lava bridge. A nice lava fall is visible in one of the segments where liquid lava from a narrow side passage (leading to anot her entrance) flew down a ledge. Due to the instability of some of the cave segments, the Geopark has erected some artificial columns to support the roof of the cave. This Weihuting Lava Tunnel was described by Wood & Zhang (2010) as follows: gate to the crater forest park highway. The cave entrance is 7 m wide and 1 .7 m high, although the passage height increases to 2.0 m farther into the cave. The ceiling is densely packed with conical lava stalactites. The wall surface is smooth and there are layers of protruding glaze. The floor is patterned pahoehoe. There are al so floor driblets of different sizes. It is a found the far reaching parts of the 50 m long cave free of frost and hosting a few hibernating bats. One Hilgendorf's Tube nosed Bat (Murinus hilgendorfi) was seen as well as three unidentified small Vespertilionid bats. Nested Cave; Photo: I. Ermakova.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 50 Lava Tunnel lies immediately left of the main road. It is a touristic show cave with a ticket office, visitor facilities, typical colourful electric l ighting, and a wooden walkway throughout the whole SE (downstream) segment of the cave, which is about 200 m long. The small entrance pit is fitted with stairs and leads into a passage 4 7 m in width and 1.5 4 m in height. The SE cave segment branches arou nd two lava columns and leads to another entrance fitted with a staircase and a metal door. There are several beautiful lava ledges along both walls and aa rope lava on the floor in places. The temperatures in the cave are moderate and the site appears to be one of the most important bat hibernation places in the Geopark. At least 20 Murinus hilgendorfi , party in clusters, were noted. There were also 3 individuals of a Plecotus species, probably Ognev's long eared bat (Plecotus ognevi). Also, the same small Vespertilionid species like in Weihuting Lava Tunnel was seen. The NW (upstream) cave segment starts somewhat smaller (2 m wide and high) but the staff from the Geopark did not wish us to enter this gallery, which is not open to tourists. It is unclear wh (2010) possibly it is identical with Longyandongtian Cave (Dragon Rock Cave) or Jiemei Cave (Sisters Cave). Lava Tunnel Jingpohu; Photo: Michael Laumanns


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 51 Ancient Ice Cave ( Gubingdong Cave) was described by Wood & Zhang (2010) under the name Gubingdong Cave (Ancient Ice Cave) as follows: flow from the entrance gate of the crater forest park highway. There are 3 collapse pits overlying a cave that branches in two, the northern branch being known as Gubingdong. This cave has a passage diameter of about 8 m. In summer surface water seeps into the cave through ceiling cracks and runs to the low lying places in the cave, where it freezes in winter. The ice remains frozen is made accessible by a wooden pathway from the main road towards the craters. The collapse is situated about 200 m from the road. The main (northern) se and was the most spacious lava cave seen by us during our visit in January 2019 (8 10 m wide and 6 8 m high). The floor of Foggy Cave is entirely covered with partly large boulders. The cave segme nt leads to another entrance further north. The fog inside the cave, mentioned on a display, was not noticed by us during our visit in winter. Beside the afore mentioned ice lake in the short southern cave segment there is a short section of subsidiary nar row lava tunnels at the SW side of the main roof Central Roof Collapse of Ancient Ice Cave with Wooden Walkways; Photo: H. Steiner.


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 52 Underground Lava Fall 8 m wide and 4 6 m high) of only 20 m length. However, it has a beautiful lava fall ove r a 3 m high step that is worth a visit. Lion Cave mentioned by Wood & Zhang (2010), who state that it is possible to walk from one crater (crater IV) to another (crater III) through the cave. Howe ver, the cave is merely a large rock shelter that can be entered from crater IV, with no connection to crater III. There are steps and a wooden walkway. About 150 km further SW from the Jingpohu Geopark and 80 km east of Baishan city the active Tianchi (Baitoushan) volcano in Changbaishan (Jilin province) forms part of the border to North Korea. It features a scenic summit caldera, about 5 km in diameter, filled with a 9.8 km2 lake at 2.189 m a.s.l. The lake is up to 384 m deep. The area is a popular touristic site for Chinese but the local authorities are still reluctant to receive foreigners close to the border. On the north slope of the volcano, in an area restricted to visitors, Chinese geologists have surveyed a 560 m long la va tube, called Silidong. Their article (Zhengquan et al. 2015) has a detailed cave map and describes the cave insofar as special, as recent pyroclastic flows have entered the cave through one or more entrances leaving unique ash deposits inside the cave. Apart from Silidong no other lava tubes became known from the Tianchi volcano. The afore mentioned brief article of Wood & Zhang (2010) provides the best available guidance on volcanic caves in China so far. Generally speaking, the state of documentation o insufficient. This is partly a result of the fact that Chinese key institutions exclusively deal with karst caves and have not yet developed any interest in volcanic caves. The longest Chinese lava tube known today is 7 29 m long Djin Fu Dong in Yunnan province, close to the Myanmar border (Zhalov 2011, profile). In consequence, it is expected that important discoveries related to volcanic caves in China are possible in the future. Michael Laumanns


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 53 References Wood, C. & Zhang, H. (2010): Volcanic Centres and Lava Caves of China. Proceed. 14th Sympos. on Volcanospeleology, p. 123 129; Undarra Natonal Park (Australia). Zhalov, A. (2011): CINA. Spedizione Bulgaro Cinese a Golingoshan. Speleologia SSI, 65, p. 87 88; Bo logna. Zhengquan, C.; Haiquan, W.; Yongshun, L.; Tilling, R.I.; Jiandong, X.; Chengzhi, W. & Baofeng, N. (2015): A historical pyroclastic flow emplaced within a pre existing Pleistocene lava tube: Silidong, Tianchi Volcano, Changbaishan, northeastern China . Bull. of Volcanology, 77 ( 6).


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter No.74 Page 54 concept and volcano geomorphological signatures This article, authored by Michel Detay and Björn Hróarsson has recently been published in Géomorphologie Vol 24 No.4. It contains much that will be of interest to members of the commission, and the English abstract is included below. The full article, in French, can be found at https://journals.openedition.org/geomorphologie/12557 . (Ed.). English Abstract basaltic lava flows are common on volcanic islands such as Hawaii, Reunion Island and Iceland. They are present in all LIP and giant lava flows identified in planetary volcanology. In terms of both areal coverage and total basaltic lavas in subaerial and submarine have been identified, at different scales, from the extrusion of small lobes to the formation of giant flows. Thanks to the dynamics of ge ological fluids, we put forward a new paradigm to mechanics is expressed through (immaterial) steam tubes that go on to become lava tubes and then lava tunnels (TTL). Lava tunnels, once considered a speleological curiosity, have been established to play a central role in the dynamics of geological fluids. The anastomosing network of TTL is integral to the (inflation fluid harbours numerous physicochemical reactions (including fractional crystallization, exsolution, segregation, coalescence and buoyancy), and is characterized by various interfac es and transition zones between the different constantly changing states of matter (number of phases, Newtonian fluid, Bingham and Herschel Bulkley complex fluids). Various volcano geomorphological indicators, at various observation scales on the surface a nd underground, reveal the dynamics of emplacement and make it possible to identify them in current and ancient flows. The paradigm of emplacement by TTL


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