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  Satellite Action 3: Physics of underground cavities and application to the preservation of painted caves.

This action, initiated in IPGP by Frédéric Perrier, takes place in the framework of a French group coordinated by François Bourges (GEConseil web site) who has been monitoring caves in France since 1995. This action relies on the study of concrete cases of painted caves, such as the Pech Merle cave, the Chauvet cave, or other instrumented sites, to develop a thermodynamical approach dedicated to underground sites, using the methods and concepts developed in Nepal in the main topic of the team. These underground cavities also offer a unique context to apply the methods of geomagnetism to various underground materials such deposits and speleothems (contact is Aude Isambert). In these sites, we also aim at developing, in collaboration with geomicrobiologists, novel approaches to study speleothems and the concretions found in hydrothermal systems.