Incirli Cave’s Climate to be investigated… Scientific studies being conducted in cave with cooperation of Near East University and Geçitkale Municipality
Date Added: 07 October 2019, 09:56
Last Updated Date:18 November 2020, 11:24

Scientific studies conducted in collaboration with the Near East University Environmental Research Centre, Savoy University of France, Nice Sophia-Antipolis University and the Association of Cave Enthusiasts and Geçitkale Municipality are continuing.

According to the information provided by the Directorate of Press and Public Relations of Near East University, scientific studies have been carried out to investigate the climate of the cave, discover the characteristics of the cave environment, protect the natural environment of cave creatures, as well as monitoring the signs of the activities of the surrounding faults and ensuring the safety of visitors. In order to record the climatic data of the cave, Bernard Laplaud designed a data collector that records every 30 minutes.

There is strong evidence that the cave took part in the evacuation of water in the region.
Near East University Environmental Research Centre member Prof. Dr. Salih Gücel stated that the studies carried out as a team is continuing to investigate and protect the characteristics of the cave environment and the creatures of the cave, as well as the studies on the protection of the cave and the visitors.

Prof. Dr. Gücel stated that, as a result of the dissolution and accumulation events of the cave, of which formation started some 9-6 million years ago, there is strong evidence that due to its structure the cave took role in the evacuation of water in the region. Prof. Dr. Gücel said "Incirli Cave, the only gypsum cave opened to tourism in the world, is one of the most important natural caves on the gypsum-formed Ipsaro Hill and frequently visited by tourists coming to the country. Typically made of gypsum, the cave is named after the fig tree at the entrance. This cave, which has cauliflower-shaped formations on its walls, has a constant temperature of 18-19 degrees throughout the year, making it feel cool in the hot summer and winter.”

Hasan Öztaş, "Çınarlı Village has a value just like its tourist and historical heritage Incirli Cave...”
Stating that Çınarlı village has a significant touristic and historical heritage visited by local and foreign tourists, Hasan Öztaş, the Mayor of Geçitkale said that Incirli Cave is a unique historical, natural and touristic heritage of the region and the site offers landscaping, seating group, cafeteria, toilets for visitors coming to İncirli Cave. Öztaş also said that they made wooden stairs to facilitate easy entrance to the cave.

Öztaş stated that Çınarlı Village is one of the most beautiful Turkish Villages in region, with its clean air and natural environment, and that Çınarlı people are warm and friendly and protect their cultural heritage with their natural and cultural tastes.

Near East University will uncover scientific data on caving…
Öztaş mentioned about the joint works they carried out with the Near East University Environmental Research Center for the only gypsum cave of the TRNC, Incirli Cave. Öztaş said, "In our country, scientific studies on cave creatures are scarce. It is very important and necessary to systematically archive the information obtained as a result of scientific studies carried out by the Near East University for the emergence of the data of the Incirli Cave, which is one of the important values of our country. These data will contribute to both current findings, establish a ground for further scientific studies".