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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 11 Jan 2021

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Дата: Понедельник, 11 января 2021, 4:03 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


Welcome to the International Year of Caves and Karst! We encourage you to join NCKRI and nearly 90 partners (and increasing) in celebrating the year and teaching the world about the wonders and importance of caves and karst.


Below are a few announcements to start the new year, which we hope will be healthy and happy for all of you:


International Year of Caves and Karst

·                 How to Participate

·                 International Year Events

·                 Join the International Year Hypogenic Cave Project

·                 Explorers Club Presentation: Underwater Ice Age Discoveries Beneath Yucatan


Student and Job Opportunities

·                 Cave and Karst Management Science Director at NCKRI

·                 Guest Scientist Summer Internship at Jewel Cave National Monument, USA

·                 Student Bat Research Fellowships


Various News

·                 2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label


Conferences and Meetings

·                 European Geophysical Union Session: Groundwater Ages and Mean Residence Times

·                 European Geophysical Union Session: Approaches to Natural Processes and Engineering Problems in Karst Environments

·                 EuroKarst 2021 Postponed to EuroKarst 2022

·                 2nd Colombian Speleological Congress: Call for Abstracts

·                 List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


Some of these events and opportunities start very soon!


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 International Year of Caves and Karst: How to Participate


The International Union of Speleology (UIS) welcomes everyone to the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK)! The major goal of the IYCK is to teach people about caves and karst. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to become part of the IYCK. No program or activity is too small. We are trying to reach the world and need your help. Please visit the IYCK website’s (www.iyck2021.org) and its Download page for the Planning Guide and other materials you are free to use, If you have already planned events, please send them for posting on the Events page. We also welcome several new partners (almost 100 in total!) and expect to welcome more soon.


The official opening of the IYCK will be on 26 January 2021. The location, details, and other information will be posted soon on the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org), UIS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo) and the new UIS Twitter account (https://twitter.com/uisspeleo). Please visit those sites to see how you can help by being part of this global education campaign and contact me if you have any questions ().


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




International Year Events


Following are two new events of the International Year of Caves and Karst. The full list is at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Please visit this site and add your International Year events to the growing list.




Join the International Year Hypogenic Caves Project


Many events are being planned for the International Year of Caves and Karst. They are posted on the IYCK Events page, http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. One event that will last all year is the Hypogenic Caves Project (http://www.hypogenic-caves.com/).


Hypogenic caves are more common than believed. Most of the time they tend to go unnoticed or unrecognized for their morphological characteristics. Until recently, it was estimated that only 10% of the world’s caves were hypogenic. Current studies show that this figure is much higher than estimated. Hypogenic caves have common patterns, and knowledge and identification of them will help in their study and protection.


The goal of the project is to use photos to help identify these cavities and their characteristics. The project is open to any caver, photographer or hobbyist from any country. During the 52 weeks of 2021, the International Year of Caves and Karst, one of more photos of a cave will be published on the website, with information describing their morphologies, speleothems, or other relationships with the hypogenic caves. The information and photos will also be posted on social media networks: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Join us! Send photos and information on hypogenic caves in your area! 




Explorers Club Presentation: Underwater Ice Age Discoveries Beneath Yucatan


Join our host, celebrated cave diver Jill Heinerth, for a fascinating evening learning about underwater caves and prehistoric mining activity of ocher deposits in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Researchers studying the subterranean site La Mina will share their findings on the region’s prehistory, the exploration the discovery and documentation of the site, and the use of the mineral pigment ocher in Pleistocene-Holocene communities.


Since the mid 1990’s over 10 sets of Paleoamerican human remains have been found in the flooded caves inland of Mexico’s Caribbean coastline. Research into these remains has revealed that they are among the earliest human inhabitants of the Western Hemisphere. What had remained a mystery until 2017 was why the earliest Americans would have risked the perilous journey into a dark, disorienting, and hazardous cave environment that would have been dry during the last ice age. In 2017 the discovery of La Mina revealed one reason: early Americans were mining for ocher. Since then, extensive research and documentation has been carried out by a team of experts to determine the significance of the site.


Cave diver and Explorers Club Fellow Jill Heinerth will discuss these compelling discoveries with several La Mina project researchers, including three Club Fellows and representatives from Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, the University of California San Diego’s Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative, the University of Missouri, McMaster University and CINDAQ (The Quintana Roo Aquifer Research Center).


Streaming live - Monday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. USA Eastern (New York) Time - on explorers.org, our YouTube channel, and our Facebook Live!




Job Opportunity: Cave and Karst Management Science Director at NCKRI


Joel Despain has done excellent work as the National Cave and Karst Research Institute’s (NCKRI) Cave and Karst Management Scientist. As he retired at the end of 2020, we are looking to hire his successor, but at a higher level as our Cave and Karst Management Science Director. We seek to hire an expert on the multidisciplinary management of caves and karst systems. This person will primarily provide professional leadership, advise, and technical assistance to the US National Park Service. This person will also conduct and support NCKRI cave and karst management research, and assist other partners and groups as available. The position description is provided at:



This position will be based at the National Park Service offices in Lakewood (Denver area), Colorado, USA. To apply for the job, for questions about applying for the job, and other questions related to employment, please see https://www.nmt.edu/hr/employment.php. NCKRI is proud to be administered by the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, which employs all NCKRI personnel.


If you have questions about the job’s responsibilities, contact NCKRI Executive Director Dr. George Veni at .




Guest Scientist Summer Internship at Jewel Cave National Monument, USA


Position description: The intern will work primarily with the Resource Management division, with a focus in two areas: geological research (surface and subsurface) and cave management activities.  Caving experience and a Bachelor’s degree in geology are required.


Work assignments include:

1) Geology - The intern will assist with a project to correlate surface and subsurface geology. This includes field mapping on the surface, caving trips to inventory and map subsurface geologic features, documenting field observations in Adobe Illustrator and ArcGIS, adding vertical displacement data to GIS maps, creating geological cross sections that include cave and aquifer relationships, and coauthoring a paper for presentation at a GSA or similar conference; and


2) Cave Management - The intern will assist the Resource Management Staff with photomonitoring established photo-points along off-trail travel routes to document human impacts that have occurred over time; the intern will take in-cave photos, organize and compare them with previous photos, and write reports to summarize changes. He or she will also help mitigate human impacts along established tour routes, do routine microclimate monitoring, assist with data collection for an ongoing hydrology project, and assist in creating cave rescue pre-plans along the major incave travel routes. 


Please apply at https://rock.geosociety.org/eo/viewJob.asp?jobID=3032 by January 24, 2021.




Student Bat Research Fellowships


Hello colleagues.


Please see below for information about the Fish and Wildlife Service's Directorate Fellows Program (DFP). Some of the deadlines are as early as 15 January 2021.


Distribute this information to any of your contacts who are or might know of students who are rising senior college undergraduates or at any stage in grad school.  There are several bat related projects and many other options as well.  Most positions are for biology/natural resource-type majors, but there are some for communications, sociology, and other types of majors.  


The first link below is to a Google doc with ALL the positions nationwide and has hot links to which organization is taking applications for them.   


NOTE - If you enter through the MANOproject portal or the American Conservation Experience portal, their list of projects will only be the ones they are administering.  You have to click through the links to the other partner to see the rest of the jobs.  TMCF is only for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), so if you know of any students at HBCUs, they should apply through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF - last link below).  


List of ALL DFP projects:





MANO Project - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program (DFP)


Apply to qualify for the Program requirements via our application page. At minimum, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a current undergraduate rising senior, senior, or graduate student who will complete your degree requirements after the 11-week fellowship (scheduled to end August or September 22, 2021).manoproject.org.




ACE: USFWS Directorate Fellows Program (DFP) - Nationwide Opportunities - - American Conservation Experience - EPIC Jobs

EEO: American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every state.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund Welcome to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Application System! On this website, you can create a Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Account. https://apply.tmcf.org/


If you have any questions, can contact for additional details.




2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label


Dear caving friends,
The European Speleological Federation (FSE) and its European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) are very pleased to announce the launching of the 2021 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. Please find the guidelines and application form (deadline for applications 30 June 2021) on the FSE website: http://www.eurospeleo.eu/en/commissions-en/cave-protection/ecpc-activities/eurospeleo-protection-label.html

The aim of the EuroSpeleo Protection Label is to support active cave protection in the speleo clubs, committees, national commissions, etc., all over Europe and to share this knowledge throughout Europe.
For this reason, many cavers and speleological structures are identifying specific solutions which can then be shared with the whole European speleological community, in order to adapt these cave protection solutions for application in other European countries.

The FSE / ECPC would like to recognize quality projects which can help to find better solutions for cave protection among the speleological community by awarding them the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. This award should also involve financial support to allow continuation of the important work that has been carried out by the awarded clubs, committees and commissions, because we all need to preserve the speleological heritage for the next generations.

Please consult the document on the website for all further information and technical rules.

Best regards,

Jean-Claude Thies
ECPC President
European Cave Protection Commission
Fédération Spéléologique Européenne asbl.
B.P. 3067
L-1030 Luxembourg
www.eurospeleo.eu <http://www.eurospeleo.eu>

The ESPL 2021 is supported by FSE’s Official Partners.
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https://www.facebook.com/Scurion - https://www.facebook.com/AventureVerticale - https://www.facebook.com/KORDAS-46136689732/




European Geophysical Union Session: Groundwater Ages and Mean Residence Times


Dear Colleagues, 


We use groundwater age distributions to understand the flow and storage characteristics of aquifers including impacts of subsurface heterogeneity, surface-groundwater interactions, groundwater recharge dynamics and many other processes.  


As in previous years, this session aims to bring together experience from various fields using a wide range of different techniques (tracer techniques, modelling, etc.) to estimate groundwater ages. 


We are also happy that Professor Grant Ferguson (University of Saskatchewan) agreed to give a invited presentation on his recent commentary “Rethinking groundwater age” (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-020-0629-7) and we are looking forward to a vivid discussion.  


Please find at https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39488 the more detailed session description (submission deadline: January 12th 2021). 


Looking forward to see you in the Vienna virtual space,


Andreas Hartmann (Universities of Freiburg/Bristol) 

Giorgia Lucianetti (Roma Tre University) 

Martin Kralik (University of Vienna) 

Uwe Morgenstern (GNS Sciences, Hydrogeology) 




European Geophysical Union Session: Approaches to Natural Processes and Engineering Problems in Karst Environments


The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 13 January 2021, 13:00 Central European (Parsi) Time:


Session ID#: HS8.2.8 (https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU21/session/39492)

Session Description:
Karst environments are characterized by distinctive landforms and unique hydrological behaviors. Karst systems are commonly extremely complex, heterogeneous and very difficult to manage, because their formation and evolution are controlled by a wide range of geological, hydrological, geochemical and biological processes. Furthermore, karst systems are extremely vulnerable due to the direct connection between the surface and subsurface through the complex networks of conduits and caves.

The great variability and unique connectivity may result in serious engineering problems: on one hand, karst groundwater resources are easily contaminated by pollution because of the rapidity of conduit flow; on the other hand, the presence of karst conduits that weakens the strength of the rock mass may lead to serious natural and human-induced hazards. The design and development of engineering projects in karst environments thus should necessarily require: 1) an enhanced understanding of the natural processes governing the initiation and evolution of karst systems through both field and modelling approaches, and 2) specific interdisciplinary approaches aimed at mitigating the detrimental effects of hazardous processes and environmental problems.

This session calls for abstracts on research related to geomorphology, hydrogeology, engineering geology, hazard mitigation in karst environments in the context of climate change and increasing human disturbance.



--Herve Jourde, HydroSciences Montpellier (HSM), University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, Montpellier, France

--Joanna Doummar , Department of Geology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

--Mario Parise, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro, Italy

--Nataša Ravbar,ZRC SASU karst Research Institute, Postojna, Slovenia

--Xiaoguang Wang, HydroSciences Montpellier (HSM), University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, Montpellier, France




EuroKarst 2021 Postponed to EuroKarst 2022


The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs (EuroKarst) was scheduled for 22-24 June 2021 in Málaga, Spain. Because of the pandemic, it is postponed exactly one year to 22-24 June 2022. For more information visit http://www.eurokarst.org/.




2nd Colombian Speleological Congress: Call for Abstracts


Dear Speleological Community,


We greet you warmly and hope you are very well and taking advantage of the holidays.


Espeleocol informs you that there are 5 months left before the start of the 2nd Colombian Congress of Speleology and we are now able to receive abstracts. You can access the application by clicking here.


We invite you to pre-register to receive first-hand information on the cost of registration and courses, we also invite you to visit the official website of the event, where we are also sharing this information.


Apreciada comunidad espeleológica, reciban un cordial saludo. Esperamos se encuentren muy bien aprovechando las vacaciones.


Espeleocol informa que quedan 5 meses para el inicio del II Congreso Colombiano de Espeleología, es por esto que al día de hoy ya se encuentra listo el aplicativo de recepción de resúmenes. Puede acceder a él haciendo clic aquí.

Le invitamos a preinscribirse para que reciba de primera mano información de costo de inscripción y cursos, además le invitamos a que visite la página oficial del evento, donde estamos compartiendo igualmente esta información.




List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings


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


1)              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

2)              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

3)              Visual KARSYS Online Course, 3-4 February 2021, https://www.visualkarsys.com/ 

4)              14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

5)              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

6)              ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), May 2021 (Gorizia, Italy), contact:

7)              Australian Cave and Karst Management Association Conference, 3-7 May 2021 (Wellington Caves, New South Wales, Australia), for more information:

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

9)              36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2021 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

10)           2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 8-13 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

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

12)           28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

13)           1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

14)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

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

16)           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  

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

18)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

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

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

21)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

22)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

24)           23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/  

25)           Karst Record IX (KR9) Conference, postponed to 2022 (Innsbruck, Austria), https://www.uibk.ac.at/congress/kr9/ 

26)           EuroKarst 2022: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, 22-24 June 2021 (Málaga, Spain), http://www.eurokarst.org/




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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