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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 14 Oct 2020

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Дата: Среда, 14 октября 2020, 0:47 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


There is not much news this time, but the news is important to many and some things are happening soon:


Student and Job Opportunities

  • Job Opportunity: Hydrogeologist, Texas, USA


Various News

  • New International Union of Speleology Website
  • Lectures on Mexican Speleology: A Prelude to the International Year of Caves and Karst
  • Karst 2020 – Online and Open Access!
  • New Minnesota Karst Educational Videos and Infographics
  • Announcing: Columbia Caving Lecture Series


Conferences and Meetings

  • 16th Sinkhole Conference: Cancelled
  • International Cave Lighting Workshop
  • Frontiers in Karst Colloquium: Next Two Lectures 
  • 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.






Job Opportunity: Hydrogeologist, Texas, USA


(The following job description does not mention karst, but the job focuses on the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer, an important karst aquifer.)


The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is seeking a Staff Hydrogeologist to support the District’s Aquifer Science Team by conducting hydrogeologic investigations involving the Edwards, Trinity, and other aquifers. This team consists of three aquifer scientists whose mission is to support the development of policy and regulations related to the aquifers within the BSEACD. In this role the individual must be able to demonstrate hydrogeologic expertise in developing and implementing investigations to address groundwater resource development issues and to support critical regulatory and planning efforts. In this role you will assist with making decisions regarding project approach and methodology and will also be responsible for supervising and conducting the studies (including budgeting), then preparing reports that explain the results and how the studies relate to policy and regulatory issues. The Staff Hydrogeologist will coordinate with outside agencies, institutions, and consultants on various studies and issues that are of interest to BSEACD. The Staff Hydrogeologist will also supervise interns and their projects, and mentor junior staff.


To apply or for more information, contact:

Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District

Attn: Dana Wilson

1124 Regal Row

Austin, Texas 78748 USA




New International Union of Speleology Website


The website for the International Union of Speleology (UIS) has been completely upgraded. It is not just nicer to look at, but more informative and easier to use. Credit for this improvement goes to our excellent webmaster Jasmina Rijavec of Slovenia. Go check it out! www.uis-speleo.org.


Dr. George Veni

UIS President




Lecture Series on Mexican Speleology: A Prelude to the International Year of Caves and Karst


Dear Speleological Community:


You are cordially invited to the Unión Mexicana de Agrupaciones Espeleológicas’ (UMAE) lecture series dedicated to "Speleology in Mexico", as part of UMAE’s activities toward the "International Year of Caves and Karst".


We hope you can join us every Tuesday and Thursday starting at 8:00 p.m. (CDMX), where the affiliated groups of UMAE will tell us about their origins, activities, goals, and discoveries. For more information, see the attached schedule.


Fátima Tec Pool 

UMAE President




Karst 2020 – Online and Open Access!


On August 18-20, 2020, a consortium of partners including the George Wright Society, the UNESCO Mammoth Cave Biosphere Region, and Western Kentucky University (WKU) held an international meeting,  Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources: A Workshop on Sustainability and Community in support of UNESCO science programs. Originally planned as an in-person gathering at Kentucky's Mammoth Cave National Park, with onset of the pandemic the meeting was switched to virtual mode and yet still was a great success, with 90 people attending from 18 countries. Virtual field trips, technical sessions, and workshops were held focusing on how to care for cave and karst resources in way that recognizes the need for sustainable development in a world where people make up an critical component of the ecosystem. Visit our website www.karst2020.com, which is now open access, to view the proceedings, recordings of all plenary and technical session presentations, virtual ‘field trips’, poster gallery, supplemental materials, as well as workshop outcomes.  For ongoing updates and information sharing, you can also follow us on our Karst 2020 YouTube channel and our Facebook page, Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources.




New Minnesota Karst Educational Videos and Infographics


We are happy to announce a new playlist of educational videos and infographics that illustrate groundwater flow in the karst region of southeast Minnesota, USA. The videos and infographics were developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Geological Survey, county and state agencies, University of Minnesota Extension and local well drillers and farmers highlights the different landscapes in the Root River Watershed.


The five-part video series (link)

MDA project page (link)


We hope you enjoy and share them with others who may benefit from their information.


John Barry

Hydrogeologist | Groundwater Atlas Program

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

500 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN, 55155





Announcing: Columbia Caving Lecture Series


Greetings to the entire speleological community.


We invite you to follow this series of talks organized by The Group of Speleology and Karstology of the National University and Speleocol, where we will talk with several cavers about their life in caves. They will show us several photos of caverns they explored and they will tell us many stories.


The first guest is Daniel Macedo. Venezuelan speleologist who will tell us about his life, how he learned about caving and his work in this sport.


Connect to the chat on YouTube live and ask your questions in the chat. Daniel will be answering them.


Date: Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. Colombian time.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_Ow__8BWxg


The talk will be saved on YouTube so that you can access it at any time.


We also invite you to subscribe to the Speleological Calendar by clicking here, so that you can find out about the following talks, the speleological events that are being programmed and, of course, we invite you to schedule there, the talks that you organize related to Speleology in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Colombian Speleological Association


Carrera 30 No 45-03 Department of Geosciences

National University of Colombia, Bogotá Headquarters





16th Sinkhole Conference: Cancelled


In March, the Organizing Committee of the 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (“The Sinkhole Conference”) studied carefully the situation with the growing pandemic and our legal and financial obligations with the conference. We made the difficult decision to postpone the conference by one year and then we completed and digitally published the conference proceedings as promised on the original schedule and made them available for download. If you have not downloaded them, visit www.sinkholeconference.com where they are available for free.


We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding of these unprecedented circumstances. As they are continuing, we have now cancelled the physical meeting of the 16th Sinkhole Conference. We will not meet next year in Puerto Rico during the postponed dates we announced in March. Also, we will not publish a second edition to the proceedings for the 2021 meeting date since it is now cancelled. We are all disappointed by this necessary cancelation.


We have contacted all registrants to refund their fees. If you registered but did not get a direct message about the cancelation, we apologize. Please contact me directly at about your refund.


At this time, we do not know when or where the next Sinkhole Conference occur. We will wait until there is general certainty that the pandemic will be over in a reliably predictable timeframe before we begin planning. We will certainly post the announcement on this list when our plans for the 17th conference are confirmed.


Again, we thank you for your patience, understanding, and support.


On behalf of the Organizing Committee,


George Veni, PhD

NCKRI Executive Director

16th Sinkhole Conference Co-chair




International Cave Lighting Workshop


Following the success of the International Cave Lighting Workshop in Belgium, the next one will occur on 21-24 October 2021 at the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave in Obertraun, Austria. Many activities are planned. To learn about them and to register, contact: .




Frontiers in Karst Colloquium: Next Two Lectures 


Hello all,

     The next talk in the Karst Waters Institute Frontiers in Karst Colloquium is coming up soon! In collaboration with the NSF-funded Carbonate Critical Zone RCN, we are hosting a series of seminars focused on critical zone processes in carbonates. Presentations will be made by invited speakers from across the range of disciplines within CZ science, particularly highlighting contributions by early-career scientists. Presentations will be approximately 30 minutes long with 10-15 minutes afterward for questions and discussion. 

The remaining talks this fall will be:

Tuesday, October 20 - What has the greatest effect on tree water use: A prescribed fire, a hurricane, or a solar eclipse?

8 am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 5 pm Central European / 11 pm China

Dr. Steven Brantley (The Jones Center at Ichauway, UGA)


Tuesday, November 17 - A reactive transport framework for understanding geochemical transformations in karst systems

8 am Pacific / 11am Eastern / 5 pm Central European / 11 pm China

Dr. Jessica Oster (Vanderbilt)


For those who cannot attend live, the seminars will also be recorded and made available on the Karst Waters Institute website (https://karstwaters.org/conferences/frontiers-in-karst-colloquium-series/). 

Attendance is free and open to anyone, though we are limited to 300 participants. Prior to attending the seminar you must register at the following link and further details will be sent to your email.





Matt Covington
Associate Professor
Department of Geosciences
340 N. Campus Dr.
216 Gearhart Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701



List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


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


1)              Frontiers in Karst Colloquium - What has the greatest effect on tree water use: A prescribed fire, a hurricane, or a solar eclipse? Karst Waters Institute, 20 October 2020, (virtual meeting), to register: https://uark.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lde6rqz0tH9f8ZhhVE9VeWwXORDYDR_-k

2)              Geological Society of America Convention/GSA 2020 Connects Online, 25-28 October 2020 (Montréal, Québec, Canada), https://community.geosociety.org/gsa2020/home

3)              British Cave Research Association Science Symposium, 14 November 2020, (virtual meeting), http://bcra.org.uk/forum

4)              Frontiers in Karst Colloquium - A reactive transport framework for understanding geochemical transformations in karst systems. Karst Waters Institute, 17 November 2020, (virtual meeting), to register: https://uark.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0lde6rqz0tH9f8ZhhVE9VeWwXORDYDR_-k

5)              Visual KARSYS Online Course, 2-3 December 2020, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

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

7)              1st Karst Science Forum, postponed to 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

8)              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

9)              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

10)           14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

11)           US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, May 2021 (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)           Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 3-7 May 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

13)           European Cave Rescue Association Meeting, postponed to late spring or November 2021 (Cantabria, Spain), https://caverescue.eu/ecra-meeting-2020-cantabria-spain/ 

14)           36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

15)           2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 8-13 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

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

17)           28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

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

19)           Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, 11-14 July 2021 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/news/2017/kr9-postponed-to-2021.html.en

20)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

21)           Central Asian Speleological Forum, postponed to August 2021 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), https://speleo.kg/en/news/first-circular-speleo-ca-forum-2020/

22)           34th International Geographical Congress karst sessions: Global Karst Critical Zone and Land Use Planning in Karst, 16-20 August 2021 (Istanbul, Turkey), https://www.igc2020.org/en/KARST%20COMMISSION.html  

23)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 47th Congress, 22-27 August 2021 (São Paulo, Brazil), https://iah2021brazil.org/en/

24)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

25)           International Association of Hydrogeologists 48th Congress, 6-10 September 2021 (Brussels, Belgium), https://iah2021belgium.org/

26)           Fort Stanton Cave Science Conference, September 2021 (Socorro, New Mexico, USA), https://geoinfo.nmt.edu/FtStanton/home.cfm

27)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

28)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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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