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Conservation Volunteering Opportunity in Romania July, 2007

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Guest HazeyWolf

Forwarded by request of Mr. John Wilkinson:


"Hello Wild Survive community,


My wife and I are volunteering this summer on a conservation project in Romania, the EU's newest member. There is still room for 3 more volunteers. If you think you would be interested please read the information below, then email myself or Karin Avila at avilove@gmail. com.


Thank you,

John Wilkinson (johnjwilkinson@hotmail.com)"


Courtesy of The Center for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development- Bihor


Volunteer with The Center for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development and participate in the following activities:


- Visit Romanian mountain villages and discover traditional arts and crafts such as pottery and woodwork

- Explore one of the most extensive cave regions in Europe that contain human settlements dating back thousands of years

- Enjoy exploring the unique karst formations prevalent throughout the area

- Hike in beech forests and learn about the local flora and fauna

- Learn about local environmental policies and brainstorm sustainable practices with local villagers and administrators


Courtesy of Andrei Posmosanu, http://www.ecotourismcesd.org/index.html


The Center for Protected Areas and Sustainable Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the natural landscape and local traditions in the Apuseni Mountains

( http://www.aboutromania.com/apuseni00.html ) through ecotourism and environmental protection. Apuseni Experience is a program from The Center that offers visitors a unique experience while sharing their knowledge and devotion to the area.

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  Karst formations>


  Specifically, a rock formation is

      said to be karst if more of its

      material is lost as a result of its

      being dissolved rather than its

      being eroded by the elements,

      according to Dean Smart, a

      cave consultant with the Royal

      Forestry Department (RFD).


      Most limestone formations are

      karst, and most karst formations

      are limestone, but there also

      karst formations made of

      gypsum, rocksalt and even

      quartzite and sandstone, says

      Smart. So karst is really an

      environmental term more than a

      geological term -- the result of a

      complex relationship between

      water, vegetation, soil, rock and

      the atmosphere.


      Limestone mountains are of

      course the remnants of dead

      sea animals, packed together

      under great pressure.

      Limestone is mostly made up of

      calcium carbonate, which

      dissolves in water, but not very

      easily -- unless the water is


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