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Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Автор: Bulat Mavlyudov
Дата: 28 Feb 2021

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Дата: Воскресенье, 28 февраля 2021, 3:04 +03:00
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

Dear Friends,


This has been a busy month with many events and activities for the International Year of Caves and Karst. Learn about all those details and more below:


International Year of Caves and Karst

  • International Year Events


Various News

  • Five Decades of Advances in Karst Hydrogeology
  • US Cave Laws Updated on NSS Website!
  • Call for Papers: Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems


Conferences and Meetings

  • 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium: Registration Deadline Soon
  • 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst Goes Virtual
  • Announcing: XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology
  • US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting: Postponed
  • 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 International Year of Caves and Karst: Many Partners, Many Events


The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) was created to teach people around the world about caves and karst. It is an event organized by the International Union of Speleology (UIS), but the UIS can’t reach the world alone. We now have 154 national and international organizations partnering with us. Together we have 87 events announced around the world and 27 other events are already complete, most of which you can watch or read about at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/.


More partners join us and post events daily. We ask you to be one of them. This is your unique chance to be part of the team that is making a global impact to improve knowledge, and from that, appreciation, funding, and protection for caves and karst. To become a partner is simple. Send you logo and website to the address on the Partners page of the IYCK website (www.iyck2021.org), and then send your event announcements as shown on the Events page. No event is too small. It is all important.


Join us! And visit the UIS Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uisspeleo), UIS Twitter account (https://twitter.com/uisspeleo), and/or the UIS Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/uisspeleo/).


George Veni

President, International Union of Speleology

Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute




International Year Events


A growing number of events are scheduled for the International Year of Caves and Karst. You will find the full list at http://iyck2021.org/index.php/events/. Some are scheduled throughout the year. One is described below.


We remind everyone that when each event is completed, to please send a short report to the Event Results page on the website (http://iyck2021.org/index.php/event-results/). This page provides links to video lectures, news reports, and other information on the results of all IYCK events. At the end of the IYCK, all the results will be compiled into one document that anyone can use to demonstrate the global interest, value, and support for caves and karst, which we believe will help us all find more support and funding for exploration, research, and protection.





Five Decades of Advances in Karst Hydrogeology


The February 2021 issue of Hydrogeology Journal provides a state-of-the-art overview of advances in karst hydrogeology since the foundation of the International Association of Hydrogeology’s Karst Commission 50 years ago. The guest editors, Drs. Augusto Auler and Zoran Stevanović, collected 29 articles representing 20 countries. This comprehensive collection covers innovative methods and applications, modelling of karst environments, karst protection and global changes, and case studies with wider applicability. It will be useful as a theoretical background to further academic studies and a practical guide to handling the complex geotechnical problems associated with karst regions. All the special issue articles will be freely accessible until 4 April 2021 - please feel free to share the link below with colleagues:





US Cave Laws Updated on NSS Website!


Excellent, useful reference tools! Check out revised reference materials and pdfs at https://caves.org/conservation/laws.shtml

Thanks to Tom Lera’s perseverance, all federal cave protection acts, state cave and archaeology protection statutes, and Puerto Rico cave and archaeology protection statutes are accessible and up-to-date via the NSS Conservation Web Pages. The extensive 2020 research and formatting efforts are recognized with an NSS Certificate of Appreciation to long-time NSS Conservation Team contributor, Thomas Lera.




Call for Papers: Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems


Dear Colleagues,


As the guest editors of the Minerals Special Issue on “Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems”, we would like to cordially invite you to contribute (either alone or with a colleague/post-doc, etc.) with research paper or review to this Issue.


Special Issue: Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems

Guest Editors: Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Ilenia D’Angeli

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2021 (More time can be granted if necessary)

Website: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/minerals/special_issues/cczpmgks


Should your response be positive, we would appreciate receiving within the next two months a short tentative abstract (150–200 words) describing the topic covered in your contribution. Papers can be submitted at any time up until the deadline as they will be published *on an ongoing basis*.


Minerals is an MDPI open-access journal (indexed in Web of Science, current Impact Factor 2.380). *JCR category rank*: 6/21 (Q2) in Mining & Mineral Processing; 11/30 (Q2) in Mineralogy. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs) per accepted paper.


There are numerous benefits to publishing in Minerals: (1) open access and high visibility—unlimited access, broad database coverage, and various promotional activities and academic event presentations; (2) rapid turn-around—The median values of the "Article Processing Time" (from submission to publication) is 42 days in 2019.


Please feel free to contact the Editorial Office ( or ), if you have any questions or concerns.


We very much hope that you can accept this offer and we look forward to hearing from you!


Drs. Jason Polk and Ilenia D’Angeli

Guest Editors of Special Issue "Carbonate Critical Zone Petrology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry in Karst Systems"




6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium: Registration Deadline Soon


Dear interested caver,

The European Cave Protection Commission would like to remind you that the 6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium is planned from the 26th to 30th October 2021.

As currently we have no idea about travel and meeting restrictions at the end of this year, we are going to plan the symposium as a normal one. If changes will have to be taken, we will inform everyone in time.

However, the deadline for the registration will end by the 1st of March. In case that you plan to take part at the symposium, we would like to ask you to register before this date. Also if you would like to share a presentation with us during the symposium, please register ASAP.

Note as well that special funds might be given for travel and accommodation if you request them.

All information may be found at the given links below

Stay safe and healthy

Jean-Claude Thies

ECPC President
European Cave Protection Commission
Fédération Spéléologique Européenne asbl.
B.P. 3067
L-1030 Luxembourg




14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst Goes Virtual


We announce that in spite of our expectation, the pandemic conditions have not changed significantly, and probably will not change soon. Consequently, the restrictions related to this situation likely will not allow us to gather and meet for the 14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst as originally planned at Świętokrzyskie Mountains (Chęciny) in Poland. So, the Symposium will be held online, via internet.


This creates at least one important disadvantage: the Symposium participants will not visit picturesque region with its crags and caves. But it bears also great benefits: Symposium participants will be able to have presentations and to watch these presentations sitting in their rooms, without wastage of their time for a travel and money (since the participation will be free). This changes the organisation/schedule of scientific sessions, which will be held on 23rd April 2021, and new active participants having presentations are invited.


So, the new registration form for potential participants will be posted soon to the Symposium website, along with other updates: 14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com. Please register by 15 March 2021.


Sincerely yours

Jan Urban

President of the UIs Pseudokarst Commission    




Announcing: XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology


The Mexican Union of Speleological Groups announces that the XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology will be held from October 29 to November 2, 2021 in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


At the moment we are working on the logistics, but the call for presentations and ways to participate will be published shortly. You can find information at www.umae.org and more direction at https://umae.org/congreso2021/.




US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting: Postponed


The 8th meeting of the US Geological Survey’s Karst Interest Group, is being postponed to October 2021. The exact dates have not yet been determined but it is still planned for Nashville, Tennessee, USA. For more information visit: https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects




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)              14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, 22-25 April 2021 (virtual), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

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

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

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

5)              International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, 1-6 June 2021 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs

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

7)              28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology - Local and General Aspects, 14-18 June 2021 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

8)              2nd Columbian Congress of Speleology, 22-25 June 2021 (Hagia Sophia, Boyacá, Columbia), https://espeleocol.wordpress.com/iicce2021/

9)              1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2021 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro

10)           National Speleological Society Convention, 28 June – 2 July 2021 (Weed, California, USA), http://nss2021.caves.org/

11)           18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/ 

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

13)           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  

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

15)           19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 28 August - 4 September 2021 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/ 

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

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

18)           26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 30 September - 3 October 2021 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany),

19)           US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, October 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

20)           6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 26-30 October 2021 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact

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

22)           23rd  National Cave and Karst Management Symposium, 1-5 November 2021 (San Marcos, Texas, USA), https://symposium2021.nckms.org/

23)           XV Mexican National Congress of Speleology, 29 October to 2 November 2021 (Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico), https://umae.org/congreso2021/.

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

25)           36th Brazilian Congress of Speleology, 3-6 June 2022 (Brasilia, Brazil), http://36cbe.org.br/

26)           EuroKarst 2022: The European Congress on Karst Hydrogeology and Carbonate Reservoirs, probably June 2022 (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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