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The influences of cave tourism on CO2 and temperature in Baiyun cave, Hebei, China.

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Author(s): Linhua Song | Xiaoning Wei | Fuyuan Liang

Journal: International Journal of Speleology
ISSN 0392-6672

Volume: 29;
Issue: 1-4;
Start page: 77;
Date: 2000;
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Keywords: Show cave | carbondioxide | concentration | temperature | monitoring

ABSTRACT
Baiyun Cave in Hebei Province is one of the main show caves in North China. The speleothem landscape is wonderful, but strongly weathered. In order to set up the relationship between visitor flow and CO2 content and temperature, these parameters were measured at observation sites No. 1 and No. 2 in the tourist peak period of May Day Holiday from May 1 to May 7, 2000. and general tourist season August and October, 2000. The results show that visitor flow strongly affects the fluctuations of cave CO2 content and temperature, that the cave topography and dimensions affect the accumulation and diffusion of CO2. Variation of air temperature in the cave has shown to be attributable to the visitors.
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