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[CML #17392] Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

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От кого: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Кому: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Дата: Thu, 30 Jan 2020 -1:57:06 -0300
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
 

Dear Friends,

 

Three are three important announcements to bring to your attention in the news below:

 

  1. The International Year of Caves and Karst Planning Guide is now available. The International Year will be the most important event in the history of caves and karst, but only if you are involved to make it a success. Read more below to learn how.

 

  1. Major fires across Australia have ravaged homes, lives, and ecosystems. Because of its importance, we are reposting the message below to encourage donations of funds to help the Australian Speleological Federation restore damaged cave ecosystems.

 

  1. Also reposted from our previous message, our hearts go out to the people of Puerto Rico hurt by recent earthquakes. NCKRI is organizing the next Sinkhole Conference in April in Puerto Rico, The airport, hotel, and everything is functioning normally. The conference will not be affected by the earthquakes. However, we asked our friends in Puerto Rico, “What can we do to help you recover from the disaster?” They answered, “Come to the Sinkhole Conference! Come to Puerto Rico!” The economic benefit from the money you spend in hotels, restaurants, and attending the conference has a huge effect. And when you return home and tell people that Puerto Rico is beautiful, safe, and open for business and tourism, that will help even more. For more information about the conference and to register, see the announcement below.

 

Here is the full list of news for this report:

 

Various News

  • International Year of Caves and Karst: Time to Start Planning!
  • Now Available: UIS Bulletin 61-2 – December 2019
  • Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!
  • Guadalupe Mountains Annual Youth Poster Contest Celebrates Public Lands 

 

Student, Educational, and Job Opportunities

  • 2020 International Karstological School “Classical Karst” Regional Karstology – Local and General Aspects: Slovenia
  • KARSYS Karst Modeling Courses: Kentucky and Virginia, USA

·        Job Opportunity: Research Geologist (Hydrostratigrapher), Indiana Geological and Water Survey, USA

 

Conferences and Meetings

  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!
  • 18th International Congress of Speleology: Location and Date Updates
  • 14th Balkan Cavers Camp: Open for Registration 
  • US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for Geology and Geography Abstracts
  • US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for International Exploration Abstracts
  • International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder
  • 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.

 

George

 

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International Year of Caves and Karst: Time to Start Planning!

 

This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever, but only if you participate. The purpose of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is to teach the world about the importance of caves and karst. Public understanding and support of caves and karst is currently very limited. As a result, funding, regulations, and opportunities for exploration, research, and management are also very limited.

 

The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has declared 2021 as the IYCK in a major effort to make the world aware of how caves and karst are valuable to all people. To make the IYCK a success, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstrations of techniques, and others activities for 2021. To get involved, download the newest UIS Bulletin from http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb612.pdf. It has the IYCK Planning Guide which will teach you all you need to know about how to join the IYCK. The Planning Guide will also be posted soon on the IYCK website at http://www.iyck2021.org/.

 

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)

and

President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)

 

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Now Available: UIS Bulletin 61-2 – December 2019

 

Dear friends,

 

We are glad to share with you the Volume 61-2 of the UIS Bulletin. The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the link:

http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb612.pdf

 

The 51 pages of this issue brings the following topics:

Editorial: “Are You Ready?

The President’s Column: “International Congress of Speleology Announcements for Everyone—Even if You Don’t Attend!”

A Planning Guide for the International Year of Caves and Karst

Call for proposals: 2025 International Congress of Speleology

Scientific Research: UIS Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves Commission

Report of Activities 2019: History of Speleology Commission

International Speleological Educational Expeditions on Cyprus

Cave Rescue Trainning in Brazil: A decade of Partnership whith France

14th National Mexican Congress of Speleology 2019

Man and Karst 2019 – International Scientific Conference in Italy

Cleaning Nature – Trashbonding & Guardians of The Earth

Australia – Cave Landscape Bushfire Rehabilitation Appeal

Derek Ford, UIS Past President, Honored in Canada

UIS Bureau Meeting Minutes in Bohol, Philippines

Calendar of Events

18th International Congress of Speleology – Le Bourget-du-Lac, France 2021 .. 44

UIS Bureau 2017/2021

List of Member Nations

Annual Contributions and Bank Account

 

We will appreciate very much your comments and suggestions in order to improve upcoming issues.

Please send it to the whole speleological community in your country and to your entire contact list.

 

Previous issues are also available by clicking on the link:

http://www.uis-speleo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=408

 

Visit the UIS Website

www.uis-speleo.org

 

Best regards

 

Nivaldo COLZATO

Adjunct Secretary (Brazil)

UIS-Union Internationale de Spéléologie

nivaldo@karinaetiquetas.com.br

 

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Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!

 

The recent and ongoing bushfires have severely damaged many cave areas across Australia. Your donation to the Australian Speleological Federation will help restore cave ecosystems. Donate here: www.gofundme.com/f/cave-landscape-bushfire-rehabilitation-appeal or by bank transfer into the Karst Conservation Fund using the following information:

  • Swift Code:                       ASLLAU2C
  • BSB:                                    641800
  • Account number:            200812379
  • Account name:                Karst Conservation Fund
  • Institution name:               IMB LTD
  • Institution Address:           253-259 Crown St Wollongong NSW Australia (postcode) 2500

 

Known impacted cave areas:

Western Australia:

Yanchep (north of Perth)

 

New South Wales:

Jenolan Caves: most of the above-karst forested areas and extensive areas of the World Heritage Area around Jenolan Caves. Caves House was saved by the efforts of fire crews, two staff houses and the cavers cottage as well as the fire brigade shed were all destroyed.

Yarrangobilly Caves: most of the vegetation above the karst and caves has been severely burnt. Amazingly, the heritage Caves House was saved by six people.

Wombeyan Caves: all vegetation burnt but visitor facilities appear to have been saved.

Kempsey -Willi Willi Maternity Bat Cave and associated rainforest.

Bungonia: extensive damage to forest in the caves area.

Most remote karst areas in NSW have been severely burnt.

 

Victoria:

Buchan Caves Reserve, and surrounding cave reserves are all extensively burnt. Most public facilities in the Buchan Caves Reserve have been destroyed. Numerous buildings in Buchan village have been destroyed.

Budj Bim (Mt Eccles National Park) World Heritage Area (cultural site).

 

South Australia:

Kelly Hill Caves and many areas on Kangaroo Island.

These are only some of the areas known to be impacted – we anticipate many more caves have been or will be affected.

LET’S JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Funds raised will go directly towards:
- Projects aimed at cleaning and restoring caves and karst areas
- Immediate on ground works to cave affected areas
- Cave entrance stabilisation, fencing and stairway replacements (that are not covered by insurance)
- Rehabilitating vegetation in cave landscapes
- Rehabilitating of critical habitats for bat and cave fauna populations
- Research projects to assess long term bushfire impact on fauna and cave environments
- Bat population surveys post-fire
- Replacement of entrance identification cave tags where needed.

The Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) is an Environmental Organisation, with the primary objective is to protect the cave and karst environments of Australia. As the national body in Australia ASF represents 22 caving clubs with over 800 members and represents Australia on the International Union of Speleology.  The ASF is registered as an Environmental Organisation by the Department of Environment and Energy, Canberra .

To receive a tax deduction receipt please email: asf.karstfund.info@gmail.com 
Our website:
www.caves.org.au/conservation/karst-conservation-fund 

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asfcavers/ 

Thank you so much for your kind support.

 

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Guadalupe Mountains Annual Youth Poster Contest Celebrates Public Lands 

 

Public lands are the best places to enjoy your time outdoors! Whether you like to hike and explore the wilds of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, or ride mountain bikes through Bureau of Land Management public trails, public lands are here for you to enjoy! This year Guadalupe Mountains is partnering with the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to celebrate recreation on public lands. Guadalupe Mountains is proud to host our annual youth poster contest with the theme of “Recreation for All!” Bring your sense of adventure and creativity, come discover the outdoors and enter the contest. Public lands offer many opportunities for healthy outdoor discovery; hiking, fishing, camping, caving, wildlife viewing, boating and cycling. These are just a few of the many ways you can experience public lands. 

From January – April 30, 2020, youth ages 6-17 years can submit artwork they have created to show their favorite recreational activity on public lands. The contest is FREE to enter. Participants can draw or paint their favorite memory of exploring public lands through the many different recreational opportunities.  If you like to hike, bike, fish, photograph, explore caves, or even draw as you relax outdoors; recreate your experience on paper or canvas and enter the contest. However you wish to express yourself, the memory does not have to take place at Guadalupe Mountains or on BLM lands. Although we encourage you to come for a visit!  To help plan your visit go to our website at www.nps.gov/gumo  or www.blm.gov/programs/recreation. All poster submissions must be on at least an 8 1/2″ x 11″ poster board or paper. Suggested media can be crayons, pastels, acrylic paint, color pencils, markers, pen and ink or tempera paint. 

 

Entries can be delivered to the Pine Springs Visitor Center in the park, Carlsbad National Park Headquarters in Carlsbad, New Mexico or mailed to: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Attn: 2020 Poster Contest – 400 Pine Canyon Drive, Salt Flat, Texas 79847.  The winning entry will receive prizes from Western National Parks Association and the winning art will be featured on the 2021 Guadalupe Mountains Annual Park Pass.  Honorable mentions, prizes and recognition will also be awarded in three age categories. Check the website for information about prizes and contest rules at www.nps.gov/gumo

For updates on the status of the contest and current entries follow Guadalupe Mountains National Park on Facebook at www.facebook.com/guadalupe.mountains , Twitter at http://twitter.com/GuadalupeMtnsNP  and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/guadalupemountainsnps/ . 

 

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2020 International Karstological School “Classical Karst” Regional Karstology – Local and General Aspects: Slovenia

 

The Karst Research Institute ZRC SAZU is organizing the 28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst” in Postojna, Slovenia, on 15-19 June 2020. This year’s topic is Regional Karstology – Local and General Aspects.

 

Since 1993, the International Karstological School “Classical Karst” (IKS) has been organized annually, covering many aspects related to karst research. The basic idea of the event is to present the state-of-the-art of the annually selected topic and to promote discussion between participants via a set of invited and topic-related lectures, a poster session and field trips to the Slovenian Classical Karst area.

 

The 28th International Karstological School will be focused on regional karst studies. Karst is distributed in most continents and climatic regimes. Most of what we know on karst is based on regional studies. These have direct implications in development challenges of a particular region, however, their broader relevance and validity of regional results may be questionable. Results of regional studies thus, may or may not be generally valid. Regardless of what your topic is (geomorphology, geology, hydrology, biology, speleology, …) we encourage you to present your regional study and discuss its results in view of their relevance to other karst systems.

 

Thank you very much and kind regards,

 

For more information: https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/ 

 

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KARSYS Karst Modeling Courses: Kentucky and Virginia, USA

 

Dear Karst Scientists,

 

The Karst Waters Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey will be offering a KARSYS karst-modeling course on May 20th, 2020 in Reston, Virginia at the USGS headquarters, and May 22, 2020, in Bowling Green Kentucky at Western Kentucky University. The course will enable you to learn to use one of the most successful, freely available 3D modeling applications for karst aquifers. Learn more about the course and the application in the attached documents. The course is performed by the Swiss Institute for Speleology and Karst Studies (SISKA) and it is suitable for students and professionals experienced in karst hydrology.

 

The course is free of charge, thanks to the Karst Waters Institute, Cave Conservancy Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Western Kentucky University. Since there is a limited amount of space (max. 20 people) we will follow the principle of first come first served. People registering after the quota is reached will be put on a waiting list and be invited to fill in the seats in the event of any cancellations. Since there appears to be a lot of interest in this course please be mindful if your schedule changes, and let us know as soon as possible so we can give another person a chance.

 

For the course held in Bowling Green, Kentucky send your registration to Katarina Kosič Ficco at katarina.kosic@dcr.virginia.gov. Please include your contact information and affiliations. For more information about the courses, visit https://www.visualkarsys.com/.

 

The course held in Reston, Virginia will be primarily provided for USGS scientists. However, a limited amount of space will be available for scientists outside USGS. For information regarding the course, please contact Dan Doctor at dhdoctor@usgs.gov

 

Please register by February 28, 2020.

 

Sincerely,

Katarina Kosič Ficco, PhD

Karst Protection Specialist

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation,

Division of Natural Heritage

katarina.kosic@dcr.virginia.gov

540-765-7869

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Job Opportunity: Research Geologist (Hydrostratigrapher), Indiana Geological and Water Survey, USA

 

The Indiana Geological and Water Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, USA, seeks applications for a research geologist to perform basic and applied research to evaluate the water resources of Indiana. We are principally interested in individuals who can bridge the fields of hydrogeology and stratigraphy and conduct fieldwork to characterize aquifer properties and geometries to develop maps and 3D interpretations of Indiana groundwater resources. Bachelor’s Degree required with preference to candidates with a Master’s Degree or work experience. Knowledge of the hydrogeology of Indiana and the Midwest is desired. Competitive salary with ample University benefits package. Complete job posting is on the IGWS Website (http://igws.indiana.edu) Application deadline is February 15, 2020 with a negotiable starting date on or before May 1, 2020. Please apply at http://jobs.iu.edu.

 

[While the above job is not explicitly for karst hydrogeology, Indiana contains major and important karst aquifers and we expect karst research and expertise will be involved with this job. NCKRI]

 

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The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!

 

As written at the top of this news message, our friends in Puerto Rico have told us that the best way you can help the people of the island recover is go to Puerto Rico. We hope you register for the Sinkhole Conference, not simply because we believe it will be a great experience for you, but also because we truly believe it will help these people who have suffered greatly from natural tragedies over the past few years.

 

If you register now and wish to give a presentation, you still have the opportunity. Sign up for Karst Clips, a lightning talk-style session where you can update everyone on your work, share your ideas, and develop new partnerships though a brief presentation. This session will broaden participation and content at the conference, as well as provoke valuable discussions among participants. Details about Karst Clips are highlighted at www.sinkholeconference.com, where you can also register for the conference. Don’t forget, except for one dinner, the registration price includes all of your meals!

 

The 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” will be in its most fabulous location yet, the historic city of San Juan and the incredible karst of Puerto Rico from 20-24 April 2020. Access to the conference is also easy, often as cheap or cheaper than flying to many other US locations. A lot of great talks are lined up, as well as field trips, short courses, and more. For all of the details, to register, and also to reserve your hotel room, visit www.sinkholeconference.com.

 

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18th International Congress of Speleology: Location and Date Updates

 

There has been a small change in the location and date of the 2021 International Congress of Speleology from Lyon to Savoie Mont-Blanc, France on the

Campus Savoie Technolac. It will be held on 25 July to 1 August 2021. The International Congress of Speleology is an event of the International Union of Speleology, and next year’s will be hosted by the French Federation of Speleology, who eagerly await speleologists and scientists from all over the world to exchange their latest results on exploration, research, techniques, management, and equipment, and join trips, meetings, parties and other activities to meet hundreds of old new friends. This congress will also be the major global event to celebrate the International Year of Caves and Karst, making it unique among the congresses and something you will not want to miss.

 

The venue is the Savoie Mont-Blanc University Technolac Campus, one of the greatest research centers of the area, providing the facilities for conferences, talks and scientific activities. Located close to the city center, train stations, airports, and beautiful caving sites, Savoie Technolac has everything needed for an excellent congress to and meet the participants’ expectations.

 

Registration will open later this year. For more information visit http://uis2021.speleos.fr/.

 

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14th Balkan Cavers Camp: Open for Registration 

 

Dear Caver friends!

 

The Organizing Committee of 14th Balkan Cavers Camp  is happy to inform you that the web page of the event is available where you can register. That’s why it is time to inform you of the conditions for participation in the Camp respectively some other details.

 

PARTICIPATION FEE – 30 Euro

Early Bird registration:   before  31 March 2020 -  20 Euro

After 31 March 2020 :  30 Euro

Includes:

  • Access to all activities, exhibitions and presentations of the BALKAN CAVER’S CAMP 2020;
  • Participation at guided caving tours;
  • Provided or facilitated transportation to caves and some tourist attractions, with the exception of some which will be done with your own transport.
  • Access to campus restaurant in Bacho Kiro Hut (with preferential prices);
  • Participation at festive closing party;
  • Participation package (T-shirt, Guidebook, souvenirs, etc.)

 

The “Bacho Kiro“ Hut  will host most of the participants and there registration and all seminars, presentations and other events will be held.

Exhibitions and presentations. The presentations will be held in evenings, as they will be scheduled and announced.

 

Accommodation

Bacho Kiro Hut  – Dryanovo Monastery, Bulgaria – Center of the event

Bacho Kiro Hut  offers rooms for 2, 3, 4 and 6 people with common  restrooms  and bathrooms.

Price: -  6,00 Euro or  11.00 lev / bed incl. VAT

 

Camping Strinava – Dryanovo Monastery

Capacity of 50 seats in wooden bungalows with 2 and 3 beds. Wide asphalt parking. Excellent conditions for caravans and tents. Shared bathrooms and bathrooms. Location – 200 meters from Bacho Kiro Hut.

 

Presentations

The daily evening program from 2nd to 3rd July includes presentations! All who intend to present their organization, expedition, innovation, slide show or caving movie, are kindly invited to fulfill and send us the forwarded application. The presentations should be done on Microsoft Office Power Point – the lowest version admissible version is PP-2007! Please have in mind that the duration of presentation should be no longer than 25 minutes. Deadline for application is 30 May 2020! Poster presentations are also welcome.  Please, fill your application and mail to: contact@bgcave.org before 31th of May 2020.

 

Visa Formalities

The 14th Balkan Camp is open for all cavers! Please, check the visa formalities for visiting Bulgaria! 

• For citizens of European Union countries no visa is required. What is needed is a valid passport, ID, or any other valid document of identification.

• For citizens of most non-Schengen countries a visa is required. Visitors from those countries should ask for information at the local  Bulgarian embassies or consulates, or ask their travel agents. Those registered cavers who need an entry visa for Bulgaria, should send us their personal international passport data like: full name, No of pass., date and place of issue, home address.

 

The Organizing Committee will appreciate all  who register  oneself  before to come! Thank you for your valuable help.

Detailed information & on line registration  are available on the web page of event

If you need more information do not hesitate to contact us at: contact@bgcave.org

 

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US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for Geology and Geography Abstracts

 

The NSS Section of Cave Geology and Geography is accepting abstracts for presentations at the Geology and Geography Session of the 2020 NSS Convention, to be held July 27 – 31, 2020 in Elkins, West Virginia. Each year, the Geology and Geography Section of the NSS hosts talks featuring the latest research in geology, hydrology, speleogenesis, and many other topics related to caves and karst. All abstracts will be considered to be for oral presentations unless a poster presentation is specifically requested. At this time, we have not reserved poster space, but could accommodate a poster session if there is sufficient interest and enough advance notice is given to convention organizers. As we did last year, we also encourage interested researchers to bring posters from other conferences such as GSA, AGU, and ICS that may be of interest to attendees at convention. This provides an additional opportunity to share your work with your colleagues.

 

Abstracts may be no more than 250 words in length (this limit must be strictly met). In addition to the text, the abstracts should contain the title of the paper, and the name(s), address(es), and email address(es) of the author(s). The abstracts should be informative summaries that include the conclusions, and not lists of topics that “…will be discussed.” Bibliographies and references should not be given in the abstracts. Papers may be submitted for either oral presentation as a poster. Please specify your preference when submitting your abstract. 

 

Please send any questions and your abstracts to:

Katherine Schmid at kschmid3@gmail.com

 

The deadline for abstracts is June 12, 2020. Early submissions are encouraged. Confirmation notes will be sent to everyone sending an abstract. Details on presentations times, dates, and other information will be sent to all confirmed participants after the deadline. For online details about the convention, visit: https://nsscon2020.org/. The talks are twenty minutes long and include time for questions. 

 

Please email me if you have any questions and feel free to forward this to anyone who you think might be interested.

 

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US National Speleological Society Convention: Call for International Exploration Abstracts

 

Have you been caving outside of the United States? Come share your underground adventures in exotic lands with your fellow cavers. The International Exploration Session at NSS Conventions is one of the most well attended of all sessions. It is a great venue to present your new discoveries to a wide and appreciative audience.

 

Please consider coming to the 2020 NSS Convention in Elkins, West Virginia, USA this summer (July 27-31) and join our Session to show your stuff. The International Exploration session will take place all day on Wednesday (July 29) and provides 15 to 30 minutes for each presentation, depending on the amount of material you have and the total number of speakers.

 

Please submit an abstract of 250 words or less describing your presentation to mminton at caver.net or vonnycaver at yahoo.com. Don’t delay – this session always fills up. Submit early to assure your spot.

 

Please feel free to distribute this message widely. See you in West Virginia!

 

Mark Minton

mminton at caver.net

 

Yvonne Droms

vonnycaver at yahoo.com

 

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List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings

 

1)       3rd International Planetary Caves Conference, 18-21 February 2020 (San Antonio, Texas, USA), https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/.

2)        International Congress: 80th Anniversary of the Cuban Speleological Society, 19-23 February 2020 (Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba), for information contact congreso80aniv.sec@gmail.com 

3)        Workshop on Surveying Caves with the Disto X, 28 February 2020  (Viñales, Cuba), for information contact boligan@gmail.com or anthroscr@gmail.com

4)           16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 30 April – 3 May 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact: seppenhofer@libero.it

6)           23rd Conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association, 3-8 May 2020 (Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia), www.ackma.org.

7)        9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 12-15 May 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves 

8)           US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 13-14 May 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

9)        North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting Karst Session, 18-19 May 2020 (Duluth, Minnesota, USA), www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/…

10)        KARSYS Karst Modeling Course, 20 May 2020 (Reston, Virginia, USA), register with dhdoctor@usgs.gov; 22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), register with katarina.kosic@dcr.virginia.gov; general information:  https://www.visualkarsys.com/.

11)        UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 18-22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/

12)        7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), 12-20 June 2020 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

13)     14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, June 2020 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

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

15)     International Course and Field Seminar: Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers, 11-20 June 2020 (Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake in Montenegro, and in Trebinje in Bosnia & Herzegovina), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

16)     28th International Karstological School “Classical Karst”: Regional Karstology – Local and General Aspects, 15-19 June 2020 (Postojna, Slovenia), https://iks.zrc-sazu.si/en/

17)     1st Karst Science Forum, 24-27 June 2020 (Bucharest, Romania), https://www.eris100.ro.

18)        25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 28 June – 4 July 2020 (Alba Iulia, Romania), https://www.25icsb.com/

19)        14th Balkan Cavers’, 2-5 July 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/

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

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

22)        14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020, 31 July – 2 August 2020 (Burgos, Spain), https://congresointernacionalespeleologia2020.blogspot.com/

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

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

25)        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

26)        19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

27)     6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 22 – 26 September 2020 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact symposium@eurospeleo.org

28)        26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 8-11 October 2020 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany), doris.doeppes@mannheim.de.

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

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

31)     18th International Congress of Speleology, 25 July – 1 August 2021 (Savoie Technolac, Le Bourget du Lac, Savoie, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/

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

 

 

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George  Veni, PhD

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

and

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

gveni@nckri.org

www.nckri.org 

 

UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia 

www.uis-speleo.org

 

 


 

Bulat Mavlyudov
 

[CML #17391] Fwd: UIS Bulletin 61-2 – December 2019

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От кого: Nivaldo Colzato <nivaldo@karinaetiquetas.com.br>
Кому: Nivaldo Colzato <nivaldo@karinaetiquetas.com.br>
Дата: Четверг, 23 января 2020, 15:53 +02:00
Тема: UIS Bulletin 61-2 – December 2019
 

Dear UIS Delegates and Deputies,

 

We are glad to share with you the Volume 61-2 of the UIS Bulletin.

 

The PDF Interactive format can be downloaded by clicking on the link:

http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb612.pdf

 

The 51 pages of this issue brings the following topics:

Editorial: “Are You Ready?

The President’s Column: “International Congress of Speleology Announcements for Everyone—Even if You Don’t Attend!”

A Planning Guide for the International Year of Caves and Karst

Call for proposals: 2025 International Congress of Speleology

Scientific Research: UIS Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves Commission

Report of Activities 2019: History of Speleology Commission

International Speleological Educational Expeditions on Cyprus

Cave Rescue Trainning in Brazil: A decade of Partnership whith France

14th National Mexican Congress of Speleology 2019

Man and Karst 2019 – International Scientific Conference in Italy

Cleaning Nature – Trashbonding & Guardians of The Earth

Australia – Cave Landscape Bushfire Rehabilitation Appeal

Derek Ford, UIS Past President, Honored in Canada

UIS Bureau Meeting Minutes in Bohol, Philippines

Calendar of Events

18th International Congress of Speleology – Le Bourget-du-Lac, France 2021 .. 44

UIS Bureau 2017/2021

List of Member Nations

Annual Contributions and Bank Account

 

We will appreciate very much your comments and suggestions in order to improve upcoming issues.

Please send it to the whole speleological community in your country and to your entire contact list.

 

Previous issues are also available by clicking on the link:

http://www.uis-speleo.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=81&Itemid=408

 

Visit the UIS Website

www.uis-speleo.org

 

Best regards

 

Nivaldo COLZATO

Adjunct Secretary (Brazil)

UIS-Union Internationale de Spéléologie

nivaldo@karinaetiquetas.com.br

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Bulat Mavlyudov

 

[CML #17390] Fwd: UIS annual report for publication

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От кого: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Кому: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Дата: Воскресенье, 19 января 2020, 19:20 -03:00
Тема: UIS annual report for publication
 

Dear UIS Delegates,

 

Since I became UIS President I have written reports each year for the member countries. These have been sent to you for publication in your national newsletters. These reports are important to inform the cavers in your countries about the status of the UIS, but also about the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) which is next year. This year’s report has important information to help your countries plan for the IYCK. While similar information will be published soon in the UIS Bulletin, many more people read your newsletters so it is very important to publish this report as widely as possible.

 

The attached zip file contains the report and other information. Please send it to the editor of your national newsletter for publication. The report is in two versions: English and Spanish. If you have someone who can translate it into your language, please do. The zip file also has the IYCK logo in all of its formats, and IYCK leaflet in four languages. Please publish the logo with my report. If you can, please publish some or all of the leaflet and add a note that it can be downloaded from www.iyck2021.org so it can be printed and distributed.

 

If you have questions, please let me know.

 

Thank you very much for being a part of the UIS and supporting the IYCK.

 

George

 

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George  Veni, PhD

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

and

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

gveni@nckri.org

www.nckri.org 

 

UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia 

www.uis-speleo.org

 

 


 

Bulat Mavlyudov

 

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[CML #17389] Fwd: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI

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От кого: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Кому: George Veni <gveni@nckri.org>
Дата: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 -3:20:16 -0300
Тема: Cave and karst news and announcements from NCKRI
 

Dear Friends,

 

The new year has not started well for our friends in Australia and Puerto Rico. Major fires across Australia have ravaged homes, lives, and ecosystems. Please see the message below to donate funds and help the Australian Speleological Federation restore damaged cave ecosystems.

 

The island of Puerto Rico has suffered earthquakes earlier this month. Our hearts go out to those people hurt by this tragedy. NCKRI is organizing the next Sinkhole Conference in April in Puerto Rico, We have checked, and the northside of the island where the conference will be located in San Juan is undamaged. The airport, hotel, and everything is functioning normally. The conference will not be affected by the earthquakes.

 

We asked our friends in Puerto Rico, “What can we do to help in the recovery from the disaster?” They answered, “Come to the Sinkhole Conference! Come to Puerto Rico!” The economic benefit from the money you spend in hotels, restaurants, and attending the conference has a huge effect. And when you return home and tell people that Puerto Rico is beautiful, safe, and open for business and tourism, that will help even more. For more information about the conference and to register, see the announcement below.

 

Here is the list of this report’s news:

 

Student and Research Opportunities

·        International Training Camp for Young Speleologists: Germany

  • Karst Field Studies Registration Now Open: Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA

 

Various News

  • Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!
  • Congratulations: UIS France Habe 2019 Prize Karst and Cave Protection
  • Call for the 2020 EuroSpeleo Protection Label

 

Conferences and Meetings

  • The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!
  • 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference: Texas, USA
  • Geological Society of America Convention Call for Karst Session Proposals: Montreal, Canada
  • Karst Opportunities at the North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting: Minnesota, USA
  • Abstract Deadline Soon for International Workshop on Ice Caves: Slovakia
  • Karst Interest Group Workshop Update: Tennessee, USA
  • Invitation To and Deadlines For the 14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020: Burgos, Spain 
  • 26th International Cave Bear Symposium 2020
  • International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder
  • 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.

 

George

 

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International Training Camp for Young Speleologists: Germany

 

The next International Training Camp for Young Speleologists will occur in the Schwäbische Alb (Swabian Jura), South Germany, on 1-15 August 2020.

 

Caves are geotopes and biotopes and therefore sensitive climate archives which are worth exploring. Research and protection of these climate archives and modern cave climates, which are indicators of climate changes, is an actual and important European concern. Speleologists can support the exploration and protection of these climate archives by international cooperation.

 

Good training is the best base for research and caving activities. Therefore, we offer different training courses and a wide supporting program covering all important caving themes. Due to small group sizes, the training will be very effective. An additional intention of the camp is to meet other young cavers. You can establish ties, talk about your interests, hobbies and culture, and perhaps meet them in their home area and visit karst areas and caves for future joint research.

 

The camp is intended for young people (recommended age of 16 years or older) who want to start with caving or who already have some experience and want to extend their skills. You must understand German or English language. For more information and register, visit https://www.juhoefola.de/english.html.

 

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Karst Field Studies Registration Now Open: Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, USA

 

You’ve waited a long time, but your wait is over! This message is to officially announce the course lineup for the 2020 Karst Field Studies program. We are pleased to offer the following KFS courses during the summer 2020 season:

 

Exploration of Mammoth Cave, June 7-12, Bruce Hatcher and David Kem

Cave Survey and Cartography, June 14-20, Dr. Pat Kambesis and Howard Kalnitz

Karst Geomorphology, June 20-26, Rachel Bosch and Dr. Aaron Bird

Karst Hydrogeology, July 5-10, Dr. Chris Groves and Lee Anne Bledsoe

 

Registration is now open and we expect some classes will fill quickly! Reserve your spot in a course by clicking on any of the “Register For Courses” buttons found throughout the website. Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit. Courses may also be taken for fun as non-credit workshops.

 

Visit www.karstfieldstudies.com for more information about the program, the course descriptions and schedules, and how to register.

 

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Leslie North at leslie.north@wku.edu.

 

Stay up to date on all the latest KFS news and announcements by following us on social media through Instagram @karstfieldstudies, Twitter @KFSWKU, and/or Facebook /WKUKarstfieldstudies.

 

Please help us spread the word about the program by forwarding this message to your colleagues, grotto members, staff, students, friends, and any other parties you feel may be interested in the program courses!

 

Apologies for any duplication in receiving this announcement.

 

Hope to see you this summer!

Leslie 

 

Leslie A. North, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Geoscience

Director, Karst Field Studies Program

Associate Director for Education and Outreach,

Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies

Western Kentucky University

Department of Geography and Geology

1906 College Heights Blvd.,  Bowling Green, KY 42101

Phone: (270) 745-5982, Office: EST 438A

 

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Donate to Help Restore Fire-Damaged Cave Ecosystems in Australia!

 

The recent and ongoing bushfires have severely damaged many cave areas across Australia. Your donation to the Australian Speleological Federation will help restore cave ecosystems. Donate here: www.gofundme.com/f/cave-landscape-bushfire-rehabilitation-appeal

 

Known impacted cave regions:
WA: Yanchep, North of Perth; Kempsey -Willi Willi Maternity Bat Cave, rainforest areas and more; NSW: Bungonia; Wombeyan; Yarrangobilly; Jenolan area VIC: Buchan area, Buchan Caves Reserve, East Buchan, Caves Potholes Reserve, the Basin, New Guinea Ridge; Budj Bim (Mt Eccles National Park) World Heritage Area (cultural site); SA: Kangaroo Island, Kelly Hill Caves Reserve and many cave components of Flinders Chase.

These are only some of the areas known to be impacted – we anticipate many more caves have been or will be affected.

LET’S JOIN TOGETHER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Funds raised will go directly toward:
– Projects aimed at cleaning and restoring caves and karst areas
– Immediate on ground works to cave affected areas
– Cave entrance stabilisation, fencing and stairway replacements (that are not covered by insurance)
– Rehabilitating vegetation in cave landscapes
– Rehabilitating of critical habitats for bat and cave cricket populations
– Research projects to assess long term bushfire impact on fauna and cave environments
– Bat population surveys post-fire
– Replacement of entrance identification cave tags where needed.

The Australian Speleological Federation (ASF) is an Environmental Organisation, with the primary objective is to protect the cave and karst environments of Australia.

As the national body in Australia ASF represents 22 caving clubs with over 800 members and represents Australia on the International Union of Speleology.  The ASF is registered as an Environmental Organisation by the Department of Environment and Energy, Canberra to receive tax deductible donations to use in pursuit of its environmental objectives to protect caves and karst environments in Australia via its Karst Conservation Fund.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible!

To receive a tax deduction receipt please email: asf.karstfund.info@gmail.com 
Our website: www.caves.org.au/conservation/karst-conservation-fund 

Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asfcavers/ 

Thank you so much for your support!!

 

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Congratulations: UIS France Habe 2019 Prize Karst and Cave Protection

 

The France HABE Prize is awarded by the Department of Karst and the Cave Protection of the International Union of Speleology (UIS).

Its purpose is to promote the protection of karst and caves for generations to come. Their natural legacy are proven sources of increasingly rich information about the history of our planet and humanity, enabling people to act more thoughtfully, efficiently, and sustainably for the future of our environment. The prize is named in memory and honor of Dr. France HABE (10/12/1999) of Slovenia (Yugoslavia), who among his other many accomplishments served as President of the UIS Protection Department (1973-1997).

 

Five submissions were received on time from the Caribbean, Italy, Spain and USA. They concern the recovery of degraded caves and their protection, the comprehensive and durable management of caves, and cave documentation project in the protection service.

 

The Jury of the France Habe Prize 2019 was composed by two members of the Scientific Committee of the UIS Department of Karst and Cave Protection and its President. They noted each submission following an evaluation frame about presentation, compilation, photography, scientific content, legibility and original point of view. They decided unanimously to attribute the France Habe Prize 2019, an amount of € 250, to the best and more original contribution.

 

The winner 2019 is Guglielmo RONAGHI from Italy for his project “Light in the Dark” about Remeron Cave.

 

The Jury congratulates the four others participants for their investment in the karst and cave protection.

 

Information about the France Habe Prize for 2020 will be spread very soon.

 

Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns

Union Internationale de Spéléologie

Karst and Cave Protection Commission

President

 

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Call for the 2020 EuroSpeleo Protection Label

 

Dear Caving Friends,
  
The European Speleological Federation (FSE) and its European Cave Protection Commission (ECPC) is very pleased to announce the launching of the 2020 Call for the EuroSpeleo Protection Label. Please find enclosed the application form (deadline for applications 15 June 2020). You can also find the application form 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 annexed document 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>

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The 16th Sinkhole Conference: Register and Help the People of Puerto Rico!

 

As written at the top of this news message, our friends in Puerto Rico have told us that the best way you can help the people of the island recover is go to Puerto Rico. We hope you register for the Sinkhole Conference, not simply because we believe it will be a great experience for you, but also because we truly believe it will help these people who have suffered greatly from natural tragedies over the past few years.

 

If you register now and wish to give a presentation, you still have the opportunity. Sign up for Karst Clips, a lightning talk-style session where you can update everyone on your work, share your ideas, and develop new partnerships though a brief presentation. This session will broaden participation and content at the conference, as well as provoke valuable discussions among participants. Details about Karst Clips are highlighted at www.sinkholeconference.com, where you can also register for the conference. Don’t forget, except for one dinner, the registration price includes all of your meals!

 

The 16th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, generally called “The Sinkhole Conference,” will be in its most fabulous location yet, the historic city of San Juan and the incredible karst of Puerto Rico from 20-24 April 2020. Access to the conference is also easy, often as cheap or cheaper than flying to many other US locations. A lot of great talks are lined up, as well as field trips, short courses, and more. For all of the details, to register, and also to reserve your hotel room, visit www.sinkholeconference.com.

 

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3rd International Planetary Caves Conference: Texas, USA

 

The 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference is scheduled for February 18–21, 2020 at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, USA. During the last decade, caves and subterranean features have been discovered on nearly every planetary surface as the spatial resolution of spacecraft instrumentation has markedly improved. To date, planetary scientists have identified more than 200 lunar and several thousand Martian cave-like features. These features allow us to access and examine subsurface without costly deep-drilling payloads. Moreover, caves provide potential habitats for life, including future human habitation on the Moon and Mars.

 

The 3rd International Planetary Caves Conference captures advances in the current state of the art cave exploration and continues the exchange of knowledge and ideas between scientists and engineers for future cave missions. Topics include:

·       Lunar and Martian cave-like features

·       Types of speleogenic features that may be encountered on other planetary bodies

·       The potential to search for subterranean volatiles and determine subsurface habitability

·       Robotic access and exploration

·       The astrobiology potential of planetary subsurface environments

·       Technologies required for human habitation

Additionally, the conference will provide a forum to discuss the longer-term objective of developing a strategy for research and robotic exploration of caves across the solar system. To register and for more information, visit https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/.

 

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Geological Society of America Convention Call for Karst Session Proposals: Montreal, Canada

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

The 2020 GSA Annual Meeting will be in Montréal from Oct. 25-28. Please consider volunteering to chair a session and submit a session proposal for this year’s meeting. The proposal deadline is Feb. 1, and you can find more information at the following link: https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2020AM/cfs.cgi. Please contact me (andrew.luhmann@wheaton.edu) if you plan to submit a session proposal so that we can coordinate a full meeting program for the Karst Division. A successful meeting requires many volunteers; thank you in advance for your help!

 

Best regards,

Andrew Luhmann

GSA Karst Division

 

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Karst Opportunities at the North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting: Minnesota, USA

 

The next North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting will occur in Duluth, Minnesota, USA, on May 18-19, 2020.

 

Karst will be well represented at the meeting with two technical sessions:

 

T27) The Hydrogeology of Fracture and Karst Bedrock Aquifers; Description: This session will bring together a wide range of geotechnical work on groundwater quality and quantity in non-Darcian fracture and karst bedrock aquifers. Fractures and karst bedrock aquifers are the main groundwater sources on much of the north central region.

 

T28) Caves and Karst of the Midwest; Description: This session focuses on the caves and karst of the Midwest. Topics may include caves, epikarst, hydrology, pseudokarst, sinkholes, speleogenesis, springs, tracer studies, or any other karst-related topics from the Midwest.

 

Abstracts for these sessions are due February 18th and we would be delighted to have a strong showing of student presentations!

 

There will also be a field trip before the meeting on May 17th:

 

FT4) The Sandstone Karst of Pine County, Minnesota; Description: Visit the sinkholes, sinking streams, large springs, and caves that have developed in the very pure quartz sandstone of the Hinckley Sandstone of Pine County, Minnesota, USA. These classic karst geomorphic features are developed near Askov, Minnesota, and Banning State Park.

 

If you have any questions about T27 or FT4, please contact Calvin Alexander at alexa001@umn.edu ; and for any questions regarding T28, please contact Erik Larson at elarson@shawnee.edu

 

Here is a link to the North-Central Section meeting webpage: www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/…

 

Please feel free to share this with other folks that may be interested in attending.

 

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Abstract Deadline Soon for International Workshop on Ice Caves: Slovakia

 

Dear Friends,

Just a brief reminder that the deadline for submitting abstract for the next International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC) is approaching (January 31). This IWIC will be held with the Slovak Caves Administration’s 12th Scientific Conference—Research, Protection, and Utilization of Caves.

 

Please share this info with anyone you might think would be interested.

http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves

Looking forward to seeing you in Liptovsky Mikulas on 12-15 May 2020.

Aurel Perşoiu

President, Glacier, Firn, and Ice Caves Commission

International Union of Speleology

 

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Karst Interest Group Workshop Update: Tennessee, USA

 

Dear KIG,

 

As the KIG workshop draws nearer I wanted to provide some updates. The cut-off date for USGS personnel to register for attending the workshop has passed.  Registration is still open for everyone else, you can register at  the USGS KIG website (https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop). We currently have 71 people registered to attend with 31 presenters not including posters presentations. The Texas Geophysical Team will be performing a demonstration of borehole geophysics the evening of the May 14. 

 

Tennessee State University (TSU) is hosting and providing the meeting space. For more information on the TSU facilities and logistics contact Tom Byl (tdbyl@usgs.gov, USGS Nashville, TN and TSU adjunct professor). An agenda of each day’s technical sessions will soon be e-mailed to all attendees and will also be available on the USGS KIG website.

 

This workshop represents an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn the latest in karst science and experience the stunning karst terrain of central Tennessee. Technical sessions will be held Wednesday and Thursday, May 13 and 14, 2020. For more information of the Technical sessions contact the oral and poster sessions coordinator Eve Kuniansky (elkunian@usgs.gov, USGS, Norcross, GA).

 

The optional field trip to karst in the Cumberland Plateau is scheduled for Friday, May 15. The field trip will leave from the Hampton Inn (2330 Elliston Place) at 7:30 AM and return at 6:00 PM to the same hotel. For those interested in purchasing a boxed lunch for the field trip money will be collected at the registration table in the days preceding the field trip. For more information on the field trip contact the field trip chair Ben Miller (bvmiller@usgs.gov, USGS Nashville, TN).

 

You may also contact USGS KIG co-coordinators Allan Clark (akclark@usgs.gov, USGS, San Antonio, TX) and Douglas Schnoebelen (dschnoeblen@usgs.gov, USGS, San Antonio, TX). 

 

Lodging information

Hampton Inn, 2330 Elliston Place

A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (2330 Elliston Place) for $149 / night.  The cutoff date for reserving a room at this rate is March 28, 2020. The earliest check-in date for the block of reserved rooms is May 12 and the last night for this special rate May 15. You can access the online booking by visiting:

https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#lodging

You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 320-6060.  The block name is “USGS Karst Interest Group Workshop.”

 

Hampton Inn, 1919 West End Avenue 

A block of 20 rooms is currently available for the KIG Workshop at the Hampton Inn & Suites (1919 West End Avenue) for $149 / night.  The cutoff date for reserving a room at this rate is March 28, 2020. The earliest check-in date for the block of reserved rooms is May 12th and the last night for this special rate May 15. You can access the online booking by visiting:

https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#lodging

You may also call the Hampton Inn at (615) 329-1144.  The block name is “USGS Karst Interest Group.”

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the workshop.

 

Sincerely,

 

Allan K. Clark

 

Information about the UNESCO 2020 Karst Workshop, “Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources” which will take place at the Mammoth Cave Biosphere Reserve, following the KIG Workshop., will also be available at the KIG 2020 website.

 

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Invitation To and Deadlines For the 14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020: Burgos, Spain 

 

Please share this message as widely as possible amongst those interested – S’il vous plaît partager ce message aussi largement que possible parmi des personnes intéressées

 

We would like to invite all cavers and those interested to participate in the 14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020 from 31st July to 2nd August in Burgos, Spain. This event also marks the 30th anniversary of the European Speleological Federation. The event will be held in the center of the beautiful town of Burgos in the northern part of Spain at the Forum Evolution Burgos – Congress Hall and Auditorium next to the Museum of Human Evolution where you can see the main fossils found at the important Atapuerca excavations.

The 3-day congress is a great opportunity to attend presentations, learn about the caving around Burgos and participate to a range of excursions offered. And of course meet caving friends.

 

All information on the 14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020 can be found on the congress website at:
https://congresointernacionalespeleologia2020.blogspot.com/ and the circular with all details at:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sPi7mSLOXjw7dD2YA-CqFOjK8R2msqd4/view

 

Some deadlines:

There are offers from the Eroski Travel organisation for accommodation in the city of Burgos. Please find the offers in the circular with details. The offers are valid until 25th January 2020 by sending them an e-mail. Please make sure you book your accommmodation early as Burgos will be filled with pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostella during the summer months and accommodation will be hard to get or expensive if you book late. You can also make a reservation at the town campsite at: http://www.campingburgos.com/

 

Early bird registration for 35 euros instead of 45 euros can be done before the 15th February 2020 by using the online registration form at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1JZAMrV2JL-B0if9paqnBjwF-w9re2q5u1gUwi34BSDA/viewform?edit_requested=true

There will also be a caving camp in the region of Cantabria, north of Burgos prior to the congress from 27th to 30th July. Information on this camp will follow soon on the congress website.

 

We hope to see you all for this great event in Burgos, Spain to have an exceptional gathering.

 

With best regards
RNDr. Alena Gessert, PhD.
FSE General secretary

 

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26th International Cave Bear Symposium 2020

 

The 26th International Cave Bear Symposium (ICBS 2020) will be held in Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany on 8-11 October 2020. All researchers and interested parties are invited to take an active (talk/poster) or passive role in the proceedings. For more information and to register, see the attached file or contact Dr. Doris Döppes at doris.doeppes@mannheim.de.

 

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International Year of Caves and Karst: Reminder

 

This will be the biggest and most important speleological event ever. Your participation as part of the global cave and karst community is crucial. The purpose of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is to teach the world about the importance of caves and karst. Public understanding and support of caves and karst is currently very limited. As a result, funding, regulations, and opportunities for exploration, research, and management are also very limited.

 

The International Union of Speleology (UIS) has declared 2021 as the IYCK in a major effort to make the world aware of how caves and karst are valuable to all people. To make this possible, the UIS is calling on all of its member countries and other organizations to begin planning a series of public lectures, programs, demonstration of techniques, and others activities for 2021.

 

The IYCK website is now open at http://www.iyck2021.org/. It is designed to teach the public about caves and karst, and so it has a great amount of educational information. It also has information on how to become involved in the IYCK. Please send the activities you plan for the IYCK to http://iyck2021.org/index.php/contact-us/ so we can post them on the “Events” page of the website. Look at the Partners page, and if your organization is not listed, send your logo and website address and you will be included. If you know of organizations that should be involved, contact them. The website will continue to be updated so save the address.

 

More details about the IYCK are described in the December 2018 UIS Bulletin (http://www.uis-speleo.org/downloads/uis-bulletins/uisb602.pdf) and they will be updated in next issue of the UIS Bulletin, which will be posted around the end of this year. Updates will also be sent through this and other e-mail lists. If you have questions, suggestions, or want to offer assistance, contact us!

 

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)

and

President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)

 

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List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings

 

1)       3rd International Planetary Caves Conference, 18-21 February 2020 (San Antonio, Texas, USA), https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/3rdcaves2020/.

2)        International Congress: 80th Anniversary of the Cuban Speleological Society, 19-23 February 2020 (Caibarién, Villa Clara, Cuba), for information contact congreso80aniv.sec@gmail.com 

3)        Workshop on Surveying Caves with the Disto X, 28 February 2020  (Viñales, Cuba), for information contact boligan@gmail.com or anthroscr@gmail.com

4)           16th Multidisciplinary Conference on the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, 20-24 April 2020 (San Juan, Puerto Rico), www.sinkholeconference.com

ALCADI 2020: International Symposium on History of Speleology and Karstology (ALps, CArpathians and DInarides), 30 April – 3 May 2020 (Gorizia, Italy), contact: seppenhofer@libero.it

6)           23rd Conference of the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association, 3-8 May 2020 (Jenolan Caves, New South Wales, Australia), www.ackma.org.

7)        9th International Workshop on Ice Caves (IWIC-IX) & the 12th Scientific Conference Research, Utilization and Protection of Caves, 12-15 May 2020 (Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia), http://www.ssj.sk/en/akcia/18-12th-scientific-conference-research-protection-and-utilization-of-caves 

8)           US Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Meeting, 13-14 May 2020 (Nashville, Tennessee), https://www.usgs.gov/mission-areas/water-resources/science/karst-interest-group-kig-2020-workshop?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects

9)           North-Central Geological Society of America Meeting Karst Session, 18-19 May 2020 (Duluth, Minnesota, USA), www.geosociety.org/GSA/Events/Section_Meetings/GSA/…

10)        UNESCOkarst 2020: Conservation of Fragile Karst Resources, 18-22 May 2020 (Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA), https://unescokarst2020.com/

11)        7th International Course Characterization and Engineering of Karst Aquifers (CEKA), 12-20 June 2020 (Montenegro: Žabljak-Durmitor Mt., Virpazar-Skadar Lake, and Bosnia and Herzegovina: Trebinje), http://www.karst.edu.rs.

12)     14th International Symposium on Pseudokarst, June 2020 (Świętokrzyskie [Holy Cross] Mountains, Poland), https://14pseudokarst.wonders4you.com/

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

14)        25th International Conference on Subterranean Biology, 28 June – 4 July 2020 (Alba Iulia, Romania), https://www.25icsb.com/

15)        14th Balkan Cavers’, 2-5 July 2020 (Dryanovo Town, Bulgaria), http://balkancaverscamp.weebly.com/

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

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

18)        14th EuroSpeleo Forum 2020, 31 July – 2 August 2020 (Burgos, Spain), https://congresointernacionalespeleologia2020.blogspot.com/

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

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

21)        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

22)        19th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, 29 August – 5 September 2020 (Catania, Italy), http://www.19isvetna.com/

23)     6th EuroSpeleo Protection Symposium, 22 – 26 September 2020 (Isle of Vilm, Germany), contact symposium@eurospeleo.org

24)        26th International Cave Bear Symposium, 8-11 October 2020 (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim, Germany), doris.doeppes@mannheim.de.

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

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, 23-29 July 2021 (Lyon, France), http://uis2021.speleos.fr/

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

 

 

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George  Veni, PhD

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

and

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

gveni@nckri.org

www.nckri.org 

 

UIS address

Titov trg 2

Postojna, 6230 Slovenia 

www.uis-speleo.org

 

 


 

Bulat Mavlyudov

 

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