Delineating protection areas for caves using contamination vulnerability mapping techniques: the case of Herrerías Cave, Asturias, Spain

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dc.contributor.author Marín, A. I.
dc.contributor.author Andreo Navarro, Bartolomé
dc.contributor.author Jiménez Sánchez, B. M.
dc.contributor.author Domínguez Cuesta, María José
dc.contributor.author Meléndez Asensio, Mónica
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-21T05:09:08Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-21T05:09:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Cave and Karst Studies, v.74, n.1, 103–115 es_ES
dc.identifier.issn 2331-3714
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12468/741
dc.description.abstract Diverse approaches are adopted for cave protection. One approach is delineating protection areas with regard to their vulnerability to contamination. This paper reports the main results obtained from the delineation of a protection zone for Herrerı´as Cave, declared of Cultural Interest by the Asturias Regional Government, based on assessing its vulnerability to contamination. The cave is situated in a complex karst hydrogeologic environment in which groundwater flows from southwest to northeast, following the bedrock structure. A stream flows inside the cave, emerging in a spring located to the northeast of the system. Karst recharge occurs by direct infiltration of rainfall over limestone outcrops, concentrated infiltration of surface runoff in the watershed draining the cave, and deferred infiltration of water from alluvial beds drained by influent streams. The soil and vegetation covers are natural in the majority of the test site, but land uses in the watershed, including scattered farming, stock breeding, quarrying, and tourist use, are changing the natural characteristics and increasing the cave’s vulnerability to contamination. The procedure followed for delineating protection zones is based on the method COP+K that is specifically designed for vulnerability mapping of groundwater springs in carbonate aquifers. To cover the hydrological basin included in the cave’s catchment area, the protection zones established includes two different areas, the hydrogeological catchment basin and adjacent land that contributes runoff. Different degrees of protection in the zones have been proposed to make human activity compatible with conservation of the cave, and our results show remarkable differences from the protection zone previously proposed for the same area es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship Centro de Hidrogeología, Universidad de Málaga, España es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Málaga, España es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship Departamento de Geología, Universidad de Oviedo, España es_ES
dc.description.sponsorship Unidad de Oviedo, Instituto Geológico y Minero de España, España es_ES
dc.language.iso en es_ES
dc.publisher National Speleological Society es_ES
dc.relation CGL2008-06158 BTE es_ES
dc.relation IGCP 513 es_ES
dc.rights Otro es_ES
dc.subject Cueva de La Herrería es_ES
dc.subject Asturias es_ES
dc.subject España es_ES
dc.subject gruta es_ES
dc.subject contaminación es_ES
dc.subject agua subterránea es_ES
dc.subject bedrock es_ES
dc.subject escorrentía es_ES
dc.title Delineating protection areas for caves using contamination vulnerability mapping techniques: the case of Herrerías Cave, Asturias, Spain es_ES
dc.type Postprint es_ES
dc.relation.publisherversion https://caves.org/pub/journal/PDF/V74/cave-74-01-103.pdf es_ES
dc.description.funder Gobierno de Asturias, España es_ES
dc.description.funder Universidad de Oviedo, España es_ES
dc.description.funder Ministerio de Ciencia y Educación, España es_ES
dc.description.funder Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura es_ES
dc.description.funder Junta de Andalucía, España es_ES
dc.identifier.doi http://doi.org/10.4311/2011jcks0197 es_ES
dc.coverage.spatialStudy Cueva de La Herrería, Asturias, España es_ES


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