Xiao Dong (GZ/Gl/8)
Guizhou, Guanling County, Huajian
N 25° 41’ 06.4” E 105° 37’ 11.3”
Altitude: 640 m a.s.l.
Cave length: 1782 m
Vertical range: -35 m
Exploration: Guizhou 2005; South China 2006
Surveyors: S. Meggiorini, D. Avesani, L. Latella (26 Jul. 2005); L. Latella, S. Meggiorini, Tian Shujun (3 Jun. 2006)
Type of research: biological
An interesting cave located in a large canyon at 200 m from the bottom. The canyon can be easily reached following first the tourist path leading to the waterfall on the river below, and then following the river upstream with a one hour walk. The cave was used in the past to ex-tract saltpeter (xiao), and several ovens and old buildings are still present inside the main entrance.
This section runs horizontally and branches at several points, some with still-water, but all of them with strong out-flowing air.
Leonardo Latella, Roberto Zorzin : Caves explored during the scientific expeditions to China of the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale of Verona
Research in South China Karst - Memorie del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona - 2. serie - Monografie Naturalistiche 3-2008
Analyse : gkc-JPB
Results of the 13 expeditions organized by the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale ofVerona to southern China. One-hundred-twenty-five caves were explored, for a total of more than 60 km inlength. For each cave we list the progressive number, the cadastral number, the type of research conducted and ashort description of the cave. Most of the caves are located in Guizhou Province, in Qianxi County. The hydrogeology,biology, geography and archaeology of the area were investigated during the scientific expeditions. 40 pages, No caves maps, 21 photos.
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