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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 15 Apr 2020

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От кого: George Veni <>
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Дата: Среда, 15 апреля 2020, 2:07 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


In this time of global tragedy with the COVID-19 crisis, NCKRI is happy to bring you news that is not only helpful but uplifting. This message includes the newly available proceedings of the Sinkhole Conference, and a special classical music composition by Pete Fine.


We continue to send you our best hopes that you and your loved ones are well.


Here is the latest news:


Various News

  • The Journey:  A Musical Composition
  • International Year of Caves and Karst: New Materials in Preparation
  • Call for Nominations: Geological Society of America Karst Division Awards


Conferences and Meetings

  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Proceedings Now Available!
  • Virtual Student Scholars Symposium: Deadline 17 April!
  • 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: Postponed
  • 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Cancelled
  • 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.






The Journey: A Musical Composition


These NCKRI messages focus on cave and karst news. While this is not exactly cave-related, caver Pete Fine is an excellent composer of classical music, including the anthem of the International Union of Speleology. Rather than sit at home and just wait for the COVID virus to pass, he wrote this lovely 35-minute composition to share and brighten everyone’s day. Pete explains:


“For a musician, there is an added sacrifice that comes with trying to do one's part in controlling the devastation we are dealing. That is, giving up the ability to perform or rehearse music with other musicians. Fortunately, besides being a performer on my instrument, guitar, I am also a classical composer, and no virus can stop me from creating music.


The Journey started as a project to not be bored with being mostly indoors and isolated from friends. Within a week, I had a fully orchestrated 35-minute symphonic score, in 6 distinct movements that remind me of the wonder, beauty and mystery of a long trip into Mother Nature.


I hope many of you will enjoy it and although I enjoyed being creative with the accompanying images, I hope it will inspire your own images and emotions. It is all about the music, for me.


Stay healthy and safe.... and thanks greatly for listening.


Pete Fine”






Part 1   Departure; Hills and Valleys

Part 2   Sunrise; The Animals; Sunset

Part 3   The Mountains

Part 4   The Creek

Part 5   Rainstorm; Evening

Part 6   Destination; Return Home  


Total Time: 35 minutes  


Scored for:

2 Flutes

2 Oboes

2 Clarinets

2 Bassoons

4 French Horns

2 Trumpets

2 Trombones



Timpani (3 drums)

2 Percussionists (Cymbals, Snare Drum, Triangle, Tambourine)




International Year of Caves and Karst: New Materials in Preparation


Planning for the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) continues with more partners and events. Posters, a video, and other materials are being created and will be released in the coming few months. Meanwhile, the informational leaflet and the Planning Guide are already posted on www.iyck2021.org. The leaflet has been translated into Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It will soon be available in Chinese, as will the Planning Guide. If you would like to translate these documents into your native language to better promote the IYCK, please contact me at .


Remember, the IYCK will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever, but only if you participate. If your organization is not listed on the IYCK Partners page or your events to support the IYCK are not on the Events page, then send in your logo, website, and event details. To get involved, download the IYCK Planning Guide from www.iyck2021.org to learn all you need to know about how to join the IYCK.


The IYCK has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible.


George Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)




Call for Nominations: Geological Society of America Karst Division Awards




It's that time of year to submit nominations for Karst Division Awards for the 2020 GSA Meeting by April 30th!  


Please find more info on the awards here (or see attached document) and use these links to submit your nominations or apply for an award (or you can use the attached forms). 

Please let us know if you have any questions and we look forward to serving you and the Division in the coming year!


Thank you and best wishes,


GSA Karst Division Management Board




The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Proceedings Now Available!


Dear Friends,


As previously announced, the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (more commonly called The Sinkhole Conference) has been rescheduled to 12-16 April 2021 at its same location in San Juan, Puerto Rico. However, we have now published the proceedings as NCKRI Symposium 8, which is available at http://www.nckri.org/about_nckri/nckri_publications.htm. While you are there you are welcome to download other NCKRI conference proceedings and reports at no cost. If you have difficulty accessing the website (which we are updating in part to improve access), you may also download the proceedings from the Karst Information Portal (www.karstportal.org).


This 370-page proceedings volume contains 40 peer-reviewed papers organized under the following headings:

a) Resource Monitoring and Management,

b) Geophysics and Remote Sensing,

c) Engineering/Geotechnical,

d) Hydrology,

e) Geomorphology/Formation of Karst and Sinkholes, and

f) GIS/Mapping and Management.


The postponement of the conference allows the opportunity for you to submit papers to present and publish in the second edition of these conference proceedings, which will be posted with the conference next year. Here are the deadlines for papers for the second edition:

  • July 24, 2020: Abstract due
  • July 29, 2020: Authors notified of abstract acceptance
  • October 19, 2020: Draft papers due
  • November 23, 2020: Authors provided with review and comments
  • December 21, 2020: Final papers due


For more information and to register for this world-leading conference on engineering and environmental management issues in karst, go to www.sinkholeconference.com.


George Veni

16th Sinkhole Conference Co-Chair




Virtual Student Scholars Symposium


Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society, is offering a new event for students:

Virtual Student Scholars Symposium (VS3)

This live Zoom event will occur on 14 May 2020 from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. US Eastern Daylight Time. The symposium will feature:

  • Oral and Poster Student Research Presentations
  • Monetary Awards for the Top Presenters
  • Presentation Feedback from Distinguished Scientists and Engineers
  • Career Preparation Webinars
  • Keynote Session


While this is not a symposium specifically for caves and karst and is open to all scientific fields of study, it is an opportunity to present cave and karst research at an internationally prestigious form. Students in graduate, undergraduate, or high school worldwide may submit an abstract by April 17 to participate. Students will be invited to register upon abstract review and approval. VS3 is limited to 100 student participants.




19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology: Postponed


Dear friends


The 19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, which was due to take place in Catania, Sicily from late August to early September this year has been postponed for 12 months (to August-September 2021). 


The difficult decision to postpone the event has been made by the symposium organising committee, in consultation with the Commission on Volcanic Caves, in recognition of the current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and also the uncertainty about when the many factors critical to staging (and also attending) the symposium might return to normal.


The decision has just been announced on the ISV-19 Website ( https://www.19isvetna.com) and will also be advised by email to everyone who had registered or pre-registered.  For those who had finalised their registrations, the message will also outline the refund arrangements.


At this stage, the Commission’s intention is that the 20th ISV would still be held sometime during 2022.


Stay well, stay safe.




John Brush


UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves




28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Cancelled


We are sorry to inform you that the 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” won’t be organized in 2020. You are kindly invited to participate in 2021, when we will keep the planned topic about regional karstology. The School will also be one of the main activities of the International Year of Caves and Karst. Thank you for understanding. https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


If you are interested in any of the following events, contact them directly to learn if they are still planned as announced below.


1)              KARSYS Karst Modeling Course, 20 May 2020 (Reston, Virginia, USA), register with ; 22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), register with ; general information: https://karstwaters.org/karsys-course-a-web-tool-for-modeling-karst-aquifers-in-3d/.

2)                  German Caver’s Meeting, 25 Years of Landesverband Hessen, 21-24 May 2020, (Breitscheid, Germany), www.vdhk.de.

3)                  14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, June 2020 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

4)              Karst Field Studies Program (4 one-week courses), 7 June – 10 July 2020 (Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA), www.karstfieldstudies.com.

5)              14th Balkan Cavers’, 2-5 July 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/

6)              Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 12-15 July 2019 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/

7)                  US National Speleological Society Annual Convention, 27-31 July 2020 (Elkins, West Virginia, USA), https://caves.regfox.com/nss-convention-2020

8)                  14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020, 31 July – 2 August 2020 (Burgos, Spain), https://congresointernacionalespeleologia2020.blogspot.com/

9)              International Training Camp for Young Speleologists: Germany, 1-15 August 2020 (Schwäbische Alb [Swabian Jura], South Germany), https://www.juhoefola.de/english.html.

10)               Carbonate Critical Zone: An NSF-Sponsored Workshop, 2-5 August 2020 (Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania), https://carbonatecriticalzone.research.ufl.edu/

11)           US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 12-14 or 24-26 August 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee, USA), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

12)           UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 15-21 August 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/

13)               34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 17-20 August 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html

14)           Central Asian Speleological Forum, 21-24 August 2020 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/

15)               9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 8-11 September 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves

16)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 22 - 26 September 2020 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact rg

17)               26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 8-11 October 2020 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany), .

18)           Geological Society of America Convention, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), http://www.geosociety.org/

19)           European Cave Rescue Association Meeting 2020, 12-15 November 2020 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/

ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 5-8 December 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

21)               1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro.

22)           International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, postponed to 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

23)           7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA)postponed to 2021 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

24)               16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 12-16 April 2021 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

25)               Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst: Sulfuric Acid Weathering, postponed to mid-summer 2021 (San Vittore, Italy), https://karstwaters.org/conferences/sulfuric-acid-weathering/

26)           EuroKarst 2021: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/

27)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/

28)               19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, tentatively August or September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

29)               Speleo Kamaraton, 29 October – 1 November 2021 (Marina di Camerota, Salerno, Italy), http://www.speleokamaraton.eu/




George  Veni, PhD

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)


President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)


NCKRI address (primary)

400-1 Cascades Avenue 

Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220 USA

Office: +575-887-5517

Mobile: +210-863-5919

Fax: +575-887-5523



UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia





Bulat Mavlyudov

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