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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 11 Jun 2018

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Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Below is the latest news from NCKRI and our colleagues around the world.


·       Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia

·       XIV National Congress of Speleology, Mexico: Call for presentations/Registration is open

·       Geological Society of America Convention: Call for Cave and Karst Papers

·       Geological Society of America Convention: Karst Field Trips Registration Open

·       Summer School on Speleology: Indonesia

·       New Book: Hypogene Karst of Texas

·       Speleology and Environmental Legislation Symposium: Brazil

·       List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


Please contact the people and organizations listed below for more information, and feel free to share this message with anyone who may be interested.






Doctoral Study Program in Karstology: Slovenia


The University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia announces its Doctoral Study Program in Karstology (Third level).

For details visit: www.ung.si/en/study/graduate-school/study/3KR/ or contact Dr. Martin Knez or Dr. Tanja Pipan



XIV National Congress of Speleology, Mexico: Call for presentations/Registration is open


The XIV National Congress of Speleology will be held on 1-4 February 2019 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. An excellent series of presentations, trips, and activities are planned. To register for the conference, submit your oral, poster, or video presentation, and for more information visit http://umae.org/congreso2019/. You can visit the congress Facebook page, Congreso Mexicano de Espeleología 2019 (@cnme2019), for extra updates.




Geological Society of America Convention: Call for Cave and Karst Papers


The next annual convention of the Geological Society of America (GSA) will be held on 4-7 November 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. GSA will continue its tradition of the past 10 years in offering a diverse array of great karst sessions, which are listed below. You are encouraged to share your knowledge and submit your abstract as follows:


·        The abstract deadline is 14 August, 11:59 p.m. PDT

·        The body of your abstract must be 2000 characters or fewer, not counting spaces. Please view Preparing an On-Line Submission for additional detailed guidelines on preparing and submitting your abstract.

·        Please familiarize yourself with and adhere to the GSA Code of Ethics for abstract publication and meeting presentation.

  • All abstracts undergo peer review. Common reasons for rejection include dubious conclusions, questionable methodologies, poorly edited prose, and incomplete or outdated information.
  • Acceptance notifications are delivered within three weeks after the abstract deadline to allow sufficient time to make travel arrangements.


Please refer to http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2018/science-careers/sessions/topical for additional abstract information and https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2018/home for details on the conference.


T1. Karst Hazards and Monitoring

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division; GSA Geophysics and Geodynamics Division
Abstracts should be focused on hazards monitoring approaches found in karst landscapes. Topics include technical applications (e.g., LiDAR, 3D scanning, geodatabase development) and management implications (resource management, education, policy and regulation in karst areas).
Submit an abstract to this session


T2. Cave and Karst Research in Indiana and Kentucky: A Tribute to Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, and Dick Powell

Lee J. Florea, Patricia N. Kambesis
GSA Karst Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Indiana Geological and Water Survey
This session seeks presentations and conversations from those whose lives and careers have been touched by friendships and collaborations with Art Palmer, Peg Palmer, and Dick Powell.
Karst | Hydrogeology | Geomorphology
Submit an abstract to this session


T3. Karst Hydrology and Hydrogeology

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division; GSA Geophysics and Geodynamics Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division
This session calls for abstracts themed around the fundamental aspects of fluid-rock interactions within karst landscapes, including geologic, hydrogeologic, and hydrologic investigations. Topics include dye tracing, aquifer processes, surface-subsurface hydrology, and quantitative modeling.
Submit an abstract to this session


T4. Karst Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division
Abstracts are sought that deal with the study of cave and karst ecosystems, including the identification, quantification, and/or discussion of biota, flora, microbial, and related biogeochemical processes or environments in or near karst features.
Submit an abstract to this session


T5. Karst Processes and Speleology

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division
This session seeks abstracts involving cave and karst forming processes, geomorphic evolution of karst landscapes, and cave system development, including geochemical, morphological, and cave survey studies. Carbonate weathering, diagenesis, hypogene processes, carbonate mineralogy, and structural controls influencing cave development.
Submit an abstract to this session


T6. Critical Zone Science in Karst and Carbonate Terrains

Chris Groves, Matthew D. Covington, Alan Fryar, C. Zhu
GSA Karst Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Interest Group; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
To advance understanding of relevant processes, we seek contributions that integrate geochemistry, biogeochemistry, hydrogeology, geophysics, and geomorphology, as well as those that employ isotope and modeling techniques, to examine karst critical zone processes.
Karst | Environmental Geoscience | Hydrogeology
Submit an abstract to this session


T7. Karst Sedimentary, Paleoclimate, and Historical Records

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division
Abstracts are sought that include the use of cave deposits, karst environmental records, and geoarchaeological and historical investigations to reconstruct or interpret past climates, landscapes, extreme events, and land use histories in karst areas.
Submit an abstract to this session


T8. Pseudo-Karst Processes and Features

Andrew J. Luhmann, Jonathan B. Sumrall, Jason S. Polk
GSA Karst Division
This session seeks abstracts on topics focused on the origin, development, depositional processes, biogeology, and management of landscapes and features that morphologically or in other ways resemble karst.
Submit an abstract to this session


T65. Recent Advances in Using Near-Surface Geophysics to Solve Geological Problems

Kevin L. Mickus
GSA Geophysics and Geodynamics Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Environmental & Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Soils and Soil Processes Interdisciplinary Interest Group; GSA Karst Division; GSA Archaeological Geology Division
We encourage novel studies that use near-surface geophysics (electrical, electromagnetic, seismic, gravity, magnetics) to investigate a variety of geological problems including groundwater, karst, geomorphology, archaeology, urban geology, engineering geology.
Geophysics/Geodynamics | Hydrogeology | Karst
Submit an abstract to this session


T102. Dye Tracing and Emerging Environmental Tracers in Hydrogeology

Douglas Gouzie, Dorothy J. Vesper
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Karst Division
We seek a broad variety of tracer applications—from dye-tracing studies in karst and surface water hydrology to isotopic, microelectronic, nanoparticle, and other innovative tracers used in the range of hydrogeologic and hydrologic studies.
Hydrogeology | Karst | Geochemistry
Submit an abstract to this session


T103. Springs: Groundwater-Influenced Ecosystems, Gaining Streams, and Wetlands

Abraham E. Springer, Sue Swanson, Brad David Wolaver
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Karst Division; GSA Geobiology & Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Limnogeology Division
Springs maintain aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, streams, wetlands, and water sources globally. Presentations are encouraged from multidisciplinary, collaborative studies of the characterization, monitoring, modeling, and education of stakeholders to improve the understanding of springs, associated ecosystems, and anthropogenic users.
Hydrogeology | Karst | Geomicrobiology
Submit an abstract to this session




Geological Society of America Convention: Karst Field Trips Registration Open


In addition to the many karst sessions above offered at the next annual convention of the Geological Society of America (GSA) on 4-7 November 2018, there will also be several karst field trips. The convention will be in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, and in one of the major karst areas of the USA. The trips are listed and described below. For more information on GSA field trips visit https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2018/science-careers/fieldtrips and for additional information on the conference visit https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2018/home.


Pre-convention trips:


403. Accessible Cave and Karst Geology of the Mammoth Cave National Park Region
Fri. - Sat., 02-03 Nov. *By Invitation Only* 
Click here to apply. (1B, 2L, 1D, 2R, 1ON)
Cosponsors: The International Association for Geoscience Diversity; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Karst Division; GSA Diversity Committee; Mammoth Cave National Park; National Cave and Karst Research Institute.
Leaders: Christopher L. Atchison, University of Cincinnati; Brett H. Gilley, Rickard S. Toomey


Trip Description
To support geoscience students and faculty with temporary or permanent disabilities, this fully inclusive field trip provides an accessible exploration of the karst region surrounding Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Trip leaders will place a strong emphasis on active learning and collaboration as participants consider their surroundings and use their observations to make inferences about the geologic processes which shaped, and continue to shape each location. This trip is offered to students with disabilities to build on their interest in the environment, and to promote the geosciences as a viable degree and career option. Additionally, this trip is open to geoscience faculty with disabilities, enabling them to remain actively engaged in their discipline and sharing their knowledge and experience with the next generation of geoscience practitioners. If space permits, geoscience faculty without disabilities will be invited to participate to learn accommodation strategies first-hand from the students. This field trip has three primary objectives: (1) to provide a fully-inclusive field-based learning experience for students and faculty with a variety of disabilities (orthopedic/mobility, deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind/low-vision, cognitive, and social-emotional); (2) to provide a unique training opportunity for geoscience faculty learning how to accommodate students with disabilities in geoscience field courses, and (3) to extend the network of people and resources developed from recent accessible field trips, courses and research projects. These objectives will drive the collaborative nature of this inclusive and accessible two-day field trip where participants will work with and learn from the diverse perspectives and experiences of everyone involved.


409. Karst Geology and Hydrogeology of the Spring Mill Lake and Lost River Basins in South-Central Indiana
Sat., 3 Nov. $99, (1L, 1R) 
Cosponsor: Indiana Geological and Water Survey.
Leaders: Lee J. Florea, Indiana Geological and Water Survey, Indiana University; Richard L. Powell, Samuel S. Frushour

Trip Description
This one-day trip will focus on karst landforms and hydrology of the subterranean network of the Spring Mill Lake and Lost River drainage systems in south-central Indiana. The Spring Mill Lake drainage basin is entirely within the Mitchell plateau physiographic region, and the Lost River drainage basin is within the western Mitchell plateau and eastern Crawford upland physiographic regions. The Mitchell plateau is a rolling plain dissected by a few entrenched major river systems and underlain by middle- Mississippian carbonates of the blue River and Sanders groups. The Crawford upland is characterized by hilly ridge and valley topography capped by late Mississippian resistant carbonate and siliciclastic rocks with some shale units. Some ridge tops are capped with early Pennsylvanian sandstones of the Mansfield Formation. Water quality of the Spring Mill Lake drainage system will be discussed at stops in Spring Mill State Park. The field trip will proceed southward into the surficial headwaters of Lost River and then downstream to view the upper end of the meandering dry-bed. Next we will visit two registered national natural landmarks, Wesley Chapel Gulf and Orangeville Rise. Wesley Chapel Gulf is a large, collapsed sinkhole approximately 1,000 feet long and 350 feet wide that includes a karst spring and numerous swallow holes within an 8-acre flood plain. The Orangeville Rise is the second or third largest spring in Indiana; the rise discharges from a subsurface drainage area adjacent to but north of the subterranean lost river drainage area.


414. Caving to Buckner Cave
Sat., 3 Nov. $74 
Cosponsors: Richard Blenz Nature Conservancy, Inc; National Speleological Society.
Leaders: Anmar Mirza,


Trip Description
Take a look at geology from the underside with a trip into Buckner Cave. Buckner is a type example of a complex cave system with development through upper Mississippian limestone. Participants will need to be in good physical condition as the trip will be moderately strenuous and involve considerable crawling. Go to www.bucknercave.org for information on the cave.


Trips during the convention:


416. Geology of the Salem Limestone
Mon., 05 Nov. $10, (1R) 
Cosponsor: Department of Earth Sciences, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.
Leaders: Thomas J. Rossbach, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)


Trip Description
This field trip will be along the White River Trail in downtown Indianapolis and will look at blocks of the Salem Formation. The Salem Formation (also called the Indiana Limestone) is a mississippian limestone that is extensively quarried in monroe and lawrence counties in Indiana. The formation is a thick-bedded medium to coarse-grained crossbedded calcarenite that varies in color (tan, gray tan, and light gray), and is an internationally known dimension stone and facing stone. During the middle to late mississippian, Indiana was located in the tropical zone south of the equator. The region was covered with a shallow sea that was teeming with marine life. Carbonate material from foraminifera, bryozoans, mollusks, brachiopods, and crinoids were deposited on the seafloor and were lithified to into the limestone we see and use today. The fragmental nature of the larger fossils and the presence of well-developed cross-bedding indicates that the environment was shallow enough to be affected by wave action. According to the Indiana Geological and Water Survey (IGS), nearly 2.7 million cubic feet of Indiana limestone is currently quarried each year, which generates $26 million in annual revenue for the state. What makes the Salem Formation particularly desirable for dimension stone is that it exhibits no preferential direction of splitting. The limestone can be planed, sawed, turned on a lathe, or hand-worked into almost shape. Its historic and economic heritage are some of the reasons it is now the official state stone of Indiana.


Post-convention trips:


426. Hydrogeology of the Mammoth Cave Region, Kentucky
Thu. - Sat., 08-10 Nov. $280, (2L, 3R, 2ON) 
Cosponsor: Mammoth Cave National Park.
Leaders: Ralph Ewers, Eastern Kentucky University

Trip Description
The hydrogeology of karst aquifers has become an important topic of interest and research. Nowhere on Earth can their peculiar characteristics be better understood than in the Mammoth Cave region. The trip will follow the water and the geomorphology of a large groundwater basin and walk through some of the conduits, great and small, that conduct water and contaminants through these terranes. We will discuss the means by which these groundwater basins have been mapped and understood.




Summer School on Speleology: Indonesia


This summer school will be held on 5 -15 August 2018 by Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Karst Museum of Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The school is situated in the Gunung Sewu UNESCO Global Geopark, which is well known for its tropical karst morphology and has hundreds of caves with various characteristics and challenges.


During this two-week summer school, participants will be taught about various speleological subjects and science covering geology, geography, cartography, biology, hydrology, and archaeology. Every topic is connected and designed to satisfy comprehensive understanding on cave phenomena. The course will be delivered in class, seminar, discussion, and also fieldwork. Participants and the invited lecturers will come from many countries. This course will also be a place for information exchange. Experiences and practices from across sites and countries will be unified to enrich every participant’s knowledge from broad background from student to cave practitioner. For more information and to register, go to http://speleo.geo.ugm.ac.id/.




New Book: Hypogene Karst of Texas


The Texas Speleological Survey (TSS) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication: "Hypogene Karst of Texas", edited by Kevin Stafford and George Veni. This is a freely available publication provided as a downloadable PDF from the TSS website. It consists of 9 articles by a various authors describing and characterizing the diversity of hypogene karst phenomena across Texas.


More information and the publication download link is available here:




Joe Mitchell


Texas Speleological Survey




Speleology and Environmental Legislation Symposium: Brazil


Some days ago I was contacted by a representative of the oldest Brazilian speleological group, the SEE (Sociedade Excursionista e espeleológica, in Portuguese) to request the UIS support to an event that they are organizing.


This Speleology and Environmental Legislation Symposium will be held on 24-26 August 2018 at the Geology Department of the Ouro Preto Federal University, Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The symposium is organized by Sociedade Excursionista e Espeleológica and everyone who is interested in encouraged to attend. To register and for more information, visit www.selamop.com/.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


1)         Karst Field Studies Program, six different 5-6 day courses from 3 June to 10 August 2018 (Grand Canyon National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com

2)         8th International Workshop on Ice caves (IWIC-VIII), 11-16 June 2018 (Picos de Europa National Park, Spain), https://eventos.uva.es/go/iwic8.

3)         26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst", theme Show Caves and Science, 18-22 June 2018 (Postojna, Slovenia), website to be posted soon.

4)         EuroKarst 2018, 2-6 July 2018 (Besançon, France), http://www.eurokarst.org/

5)         Balkan Cavers Camp, 2-8 July 2018 (Romania), http://www.frspeo.ro/event/balkan-camp-congresul-national-de-speologie-speoarta-2018/

6)         18th International Vulcanospeleology Symposium, 21-27 July 2018 (Lava Beds National Monument, California, USA), http://18ivslavabeds.com/

7)         International Training Camp for Young Speleologists, 28 July to 11 August 2018 (Swabian Alb, Germany), http://www.juhoefola.de/english.html

8)         BERGER 2018 "Clean deep", 29 July – 20 August 2018 (Vercors, France), http://cds39.fr/BFC/B18/

9)         2018 US National Speleological Society Convention, 30 July - 3 August 2018 (Helena, Montana, USA), http://nss2018.caves.org/

10)      Summer School on Speleology, 5 -15 August 2018 (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), http://speleo.geo.ugm.ac.id/

11)      EuroSpeleo Forum 2018, 23-26 August 2018 (Ebensee, Austria), http://eurospeleo.at/expo.html

12)      24th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 20-24 August 2018 (University of Aveiro, Portugal), http://24icsb.web.ua.pt/.

13)      Speleology and Environmental Legislation Symposium, 24-26 August 2018 (Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil), www.selamop.com/.

14)      International Association of Hydrogeologists Congress, with Topic 7: Advances in Karst and Fractured-rock Hydrogeology, 9-14 September 2018 (Daejeon, South Korea), http://iah2018.org/

15)      24th International Cave Bear Symposium, 27-30 September 2018 (Chepelare, Bulgaria), http://icbs2018.at

16)      Biospeleology and Theoretical & Applied Karstology Symposium, 27-30 September 2018 (Băile Herculane, Romania), http://www.btak.iser.ro/index.html

17)      International Workshop for Women Speleologists in Latin America, 2-6 October 2018, (Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba),

18)      Middle Eastern Speleological Symposium, 3-6 October 2018 (Antalya, Turkey), http://mess4.com/.

19)      8th Congress of the International Show Caves Association, 12-18 October 2018 (Genga, Italy), http://www.i-s-c-a.com/event/68-8th-isca-congress

20)      16th International Symposium of Speleotherapy, 24-28 October 2018 (Zlate Hory, Czech Republic), http://www.speleotherapycommission.webgarden.com/menu/news/the-xvi-th-international 

21)      1st Columbian Speleological Congress and 8th Congress of FEALC (Federation of Latin American and Caribbean Speleological Associations), 6-10 November 2018 (San Gil, Columbia), http://sociedadcolombianadegeologia.org/i-congreso-colombiano-de-espeleologia-y-viii-congreso-espeleologico-de-america-latina-y-el-caribe/

22)      International Cave Rescue Training, 10-18 November 2018 (Lozere, France),

23)      XIV National Congress of Speleology, 1-4 February 2019 (Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico), http://umae.org/congreso2019/

24)      1st Colloquium on the Caves of Azé, 9-10 March 2019 (Saône-et-Loire, France), for more information, contact:

25)      Hypogea 2019: The International Congress of Speleology in Artificial Cavities, 20-25 May 2019 (Dobrich, Bulgaria), http://www.hypogea2019.org/

26)      National Speleological Congress of Switzerland, 9-12 August 2019 (Interlaken, Switzerland), https://sinterlaken.ch/en/

27)      ArmConference 2019: Caves as Natural and Cultural Monuments, 11-13 September 2019 (Yerevan, Armenia), http://armconference2019.com/

28)      18th International Congress of Speleology, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/




George Veni, PhD

Executive Director

National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)



International Union of Speleology (UIS)


Direct address at NCKRI

400-1 Cascades Avenue

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220-6215 USA

Office: +1-575-887-5517

Mobile: +1-210-863-5919

Fax: +1-575-887-5523



UIS address:

Titov trg 2

6230 Postojna




Bulat Mavlyudov

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