Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 31 Number 2: 53-54 - April 1969

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Spent Carbide - A Poison to Cave Fauna
Stewart B. Peck


Conservationists have urged that spent carbide be removed from caves, because it may act as a poison to cave animals. No experimental evidence exists to support this idea. This paper demonstrates that spent carbide is indeed a poison to larvae of a cave beetle.

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