Mishin Kamik Cave is located in the Western part of Stara Planina (Balkan) Mts, NW Bulgaria. This 695 m long maze cave is entirely phreatic, which makes the cave a geomorphological phenomenon for the country. A characteristic feature of Mishin Kamik Cave is the presence of buried speleothems, such as small stalagmites and flowstone, which implies multiphase speleogenesis. The performed U/Th dating of different speleothem samples proves that the deposits are of Late Pleistocene age.
Acknowledgement: This study is part of the joint research project between Bulgarian and Romanian Academies of Sciences “Paleoclimate reconstruction using cave deposits from Romania and Bulgaria” (2018-2020).
Authors: Konstantin Kostov¹, Silviu Constantin², Marlena Yaneva¹, Oana T. Moldovan², Alexandru Petculescu², Ionut Mirea², Ralitsa Konyovska³
¹Geological Institute of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev St., 24, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
²“Emil Racovita” Institute of Speleology, Romanian Academy of Sciences, Frumoasă Str., 31, 010986 Bucharest, Romania
³National Museum of Natural History, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
Section: Symposium “Cave Climate and Paleoclimate – Best Record of the Global Change IV”
Type: Poster presentation
Short bio: Dr. Kostov is working on tectonics in caves, speleoseismology and karst geomorphology. Dr. Constantin is head of Geospeleology and Paleontology Department of the Institute of Speleology in Bucharest.