Identification of conditions of karst phenomena formation (genesis) in the territory of Georgia and the prospects of use of revealed cave systems for tourist purposes FR / 218 / 9-280 / 13

 

Sponsored by: Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation
Validity Period: 2014-2017
Head: Nana Bolashvili

The object of the research is a Migaria limestone massif; it extends along the 17 km. Area of the karst territory is 75 sq.km, the estimated depth of which is 1500-1600 m. Within the massif the most beautiful forms created by the nature – the karst caves, canyons, waterfalls and abundant vaucluse springs are the sources of interest for tourists. Recently the study of the Migaria massif has become the subject of interest of local government bodies and Georgian and foreign specialists.

By the leadership of Chkhorotsku municipality the important events were held within the region in order to attract local and foreign tourists. In particular, several tourist routes were planned, including one, which starts by sightseeing of the "Shurubumu" cave, runs along the Gvalashara canyon and goes to the “Tobavarchkhili” lakes.  

Since 2011 about 7000 people visited the “Tobavarchkhili” lakes. Important increasing in number of tourists is expected. The study of the potential capacities of the mentioned route and scientific evidence of its recreational conditions is foreseen by planned scientific studies.

According to the Grant topic the electrometric research methods will be used to identify and search the hidden structural units by using the constant power, which makes the differentiation of the research environment with great precision according to the ratio of the electrical resistance, identifies the width and the area of limestones, reveals the fissure structures and identifies the direction of filtration flows.