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Introduction to the web site

Una página dedicada al área cántabra de Matienzo en el norte de España y más concretamente a los estudios espeleológicos allí desarrollados por las Expediciones Espeleológicas de Matienzo durante los pasados 60 años aproximadamente.

A page dedicated to the Matienzo area of Cantabria, northern Spain and in particular to the caving and cave science undertaken there by The Matienzo Caving Expeditions over the past 60 years or so.

Within the site there are descriptions of thousands of caves along with surveys and photographs. There are search facilities and interactive maps. The technology of Google Maps and Google Earth has been used to help visualise the number and extent of the caves, along with aerial videos and 360° panoramas of the landscape. There are other links to maps at various scales and detail. Archaeological finds are described and contextualized and cave conservation is an ongoing concern. Cave environmental monitoring, climate reconstruction, magnetic susceptibility, water tracing and a study of snails are described in the science section. A Matienzo cave history page has links to annual articles describing the main caving occurrences since the early 1960s. An extensive bibliography lists the variety of publications about individual caves, the caving area and the cave science. The site is completed with sections containing photographs of the limestone scenery, information about Spain and Cantabria, travel and weather data, lists of caving web sites and general interest sites, a presentation about the trees that grow in the area, a table (incomplete) about the flowers seen, a Spanish-English dictionary of caving jargon, links to the Matienzo Caves Google Group and Facebook pages and a page describing the main caving expeditions that occur twice a year.

The numerous contributors to the web site and to other Matienzo publications are acknowledged here.

The web site was started in 2001? by Juan Corrin and Andy Quin and is now updated as regularly as possible by Juan Corrin, especially with up-to-date expedition articles, cave descriptions, surveys and photos. From 2014, the site is hosted at one.com although previously at the Geography Department, University of Lancaster through Andy Quin (Departmental Superintendent) and Paul Williams (IT Officer).

Early in 2009, external links were checked and the top level pages re-written and given a face lift for some consistency and better navigation. Various items, including slide show facilities, require Java enabling and your browser should allow scripts to run. The site has been tested in IE, Chrome and FireFox. There may be occasions when Spanish names with accented characters are not displayed correctly. This can be avoided by changing the way the browser displays these characters either "permanently" or just for the current page. The table below shows the setting to alter for different browsers; other browsers should be similar.

All comments, criticisms, suggestions for improvement and contributions (photographs, articles, cave surveys etc) should be made to the webmaster, Juan Corrin. (juancorrin@matienzo.org.uk).

Enjoy your visit!




Setting browser encoding
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Internet Explorer (v8)

From the menu bar:
View > Encoding > Western European > Western European ISO

Fire Fox (3.5.8) From the menu bar:
View > Character Encoding > Western ( ISO-8859-1)
From the menu bar:
Tools > Options then choose the Content icon then the Fonts & colours Advanced button. Alter the Default Character Encoding to Western ( ISO-8859-1)
Opera (7.51) From the menu bar:
View > Character Encoding > Western > ISO-8859-1
From the menu bar:
Tools > Preferences > Languages then choose Encoding ISO-8859-1