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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN SPELEOGOLOGY HELD IN ALISTRATI CAVE, SERRES, GREECE is to be held through July 10th -20th 2013
TITLE: INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN SPELEOGOLOGY HELD IN ALISTRATI CAVE, SERRES, GREECE
(July 10th-20th 2013)
The area of Alistrati and especially the area of the cave is distinguished both for its strategic position which is situated in the meeting point of three self-governed areas and is surrounded by three mountains and for the innumerous natural treasures it encloses.
In particular the area of Alistrati includes:
A) The show cave of Alistrati with its captivating beauty in the three kilometers long passages decorated with enormous stalactites and stalagmites but also with the incredible heccentrites. Since 2007 the programme of environment education has been offered for pupils and it is approved by the Ministry of Education .
B) Orfeas cave (where human bones and tools were found dating back to about 3500 B.C.)
C) The caves of Agios Georgios (Saint George) , Chania(Inns), Peristeronas(Pigeons nesting place)
D) The Canyon of Agitis river ,9 klms long, with its rock engravings of the period between 5th – 6th century B.C.(already a number of agricultural-touristic activities takes place there like Rafting, Canoeing-Cayak, Trekking, Climbing, as well as touring with a touristic train.
E) The mines of Libadista in the widest area of Alistrati which were used (at the Alexander the Great age) and which can be used as touristic routes.
F) The Macedonian Tomb in Aggista village , with the traditional stone bridge.
The Cave of Alistrati is about 6 klms south of the town of Alistrati in the widest area of Serres in the position “Petroto” (of stone) and is accessible from all three places Drama, Kavala and Thessaloniki (via Serres of Asprovalta)
In the cave the visitor can admire:
-The huge stalactites and stalagmites in various colors
-The rare heccentrites . The heccentrites or helectites are ( unusual unique)cave formations which were created defying the law of gravity and followed various directions. The main characteristic of this cave in particular – which makes it unique throughout Greece – is the guite wide variety of heccentrites.
-Shields or palettes
Another characteristic of the cave is
-the unique micro-organisms (3mms long) which are found inside , like the alistratia Beroni, a unique species without legs.
The Alistrati Cave enterprise organises an international 10-day seminar which will take place between the 10th and 20th of July in 2013. The lectures will be given by Greek and Foreign Professors , doctors and scientists with distinguished work like the ones mentioned below :
1) Elements of general Geology-Hydro-Geology Alain Mangin (Laboratoire Moulis) Doctorate holder) in Geology.
2) Elements of Speleology
Vassilis Giannopoulos (Ph.D in Geology)
3) Paleontology in caves
E Tsoukala (Professors of Paleontologia Aristotele University of Thessaloniki)
4) The use of caves by man throughout the history of mankind
Chrisanthi Kontaxi (Ph.D in Prehistoric Archeology)
5)Physics in Speleology- Geophysics
A.Cigna (Dr in Geophysics)
Dr. Peter Beron
Eleni Strovopodi (Doctor in Archeology-Paleo-anthropoly)