Best wishes for continued good health and safety.
Here is the latest news:
- International Year of Caves and Karst: Posters Available
- Request for Assistance: Planetary Cave Research Survey
- International Show Cave Survey: Cave Managers Please Participate
- Now Available: Virtual Tour of Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, USA
- EuroSpeleo Newsletter, July 2020
Research, Student, and Job Opportunities
- NCKRI National Seed Grant Program: Request for Proposals, Final Reminder
Conferences and Meetings
- Geological Society of America: Call for Karst Abstracts
- British Cave Research Association Science Symposium: Call for Abstracts
- 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.
International Year of Caves and Karst: Posters Available
The International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) is next year. It has incredible potential to advance speleology in many and great ways, but only if we all work together to make it possible. As many of you prepare for the IYCK, new materials are made by the International Union of Speleology to assist you.
At the IYCK website, you find an IYCK Planning Guide and promotional materials in the Download section. Now you will also find a Poster section. Two posters were prepared. The General Poster contains little text or information beyond announcing the IYCK. The Technical Poster has information on the value of caves and karst. Please download, print, and post them to help announce your IYCK activities. (At the time of this writing, only the Technical Poster is on the website; the General Poster will be available soon.)
Both posters are in English. If you would like to translate them into your country’s language, please contact me.
George Veni, PhD
Executive Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
President, International Union of Speleology (UIS)
Request for Assistance: Planetary Cave Research Survey
Dear planetary caves explorers/researchers:
We’re seeking input from scientists and engineers knowledgeable in planetary science and/or engineering to participate in our survey to identify the “Fifty fundamental questions in planetary caves science and exploration”.
A research group of 34 scientists and engineers have developed a list of questions across seven disciplines in planetary caves science and exploration — these groups are big picture/multidisciplinary, astrobiology, cave environment, geology, robotics, instrumentation, and human exploration.
Here is a link to a Google survey form. The survey consists of 152 questions across the aforementioned disciplines. It will take about 20 minutes to complete. The results of this survey will be used to develop a peer-reviewed publication on this topic.
By completing this survey, you are aiding the community in advancing planetary caves science and exploration. If you’re willing to assist, please complete this survey by 11 AUG 2020.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Many thanks in advance and be well —
J. Judson Wynne, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Adaptable Western Landscapes,
Interim Division Curator
Colorado Plateau Museum of Arthropod Biodiversity
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
NAU Cave Ecology Lab
Stories in Scientific American
International Show Cave Survey: Cave Managers Please Participate
Dear Show Cave Managers and Associates,
On behalf of the International Show Caves Association (ISCA), I hope you, your family, and your colleagues are healthy and safe. We are certainly living in challenging times. The show cave industry worldwide has been severely impacted with most show caves closing for extended periods of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope show caves in your region have been able to reopen, or will be able to reopen soon.
At this critical point, it is very important that we take the time to do a couple of things. First, we need to establish a baseline for the significance of the show cave industry worldwide. In other words, we need to be able to tell the world how show caves contribute to the global economy. Second, we need to find out to what degree the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted show caves, our employees, the economy, and our mission. To do this, we have created a short survey that we are asking show cave managers to complete on behalf of their show cave. The results will be shared with the show cave industry and our affiliates. Results will also be used to promote the show cave industry in presentations, to the media, to vendors and public officials. (It is optional to provide your show cave’s name at the end of the survey or remain anonymous.)
Here is a link to the International Show Cave Survey
Importantly, although all ISCA members (including associates and affiliates) are receiving this email, we would like to hear from ALL show cave operations to give us more information about the industry as a whole. Please forward this along to any show cave managers you know and encourage them to fill out this survey on behalf of their show cave.
Please complete this survey by 14 August to help us with this important effort.
The International Show Caves Association (ISCA) was founded in 1990 and is headquartered in Frasassi/Genga, Italy, ISCA is an international organization of persons, associations, corporations, and government agencies who own, manage or operate show caves that are open to the public. ISCA provides a critical forum for show caves to network and collaborate on matters that pertain to their caves. ISCA aims to promote, encourage, and support the cooperation of show cave operators, speleologists and cave enthusiasts through the sharing of information and to promote the preservation and conservation of caves, while increasing public interest in the world of show caves by way of unique marketing and the evolution of methods to enhance the show cave experience.
Now Available: Virtual Tour of Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, USA
I have some exciting news. Great Basin National Park will launch the Virtual Tour of Lehman Caves. This is the result of LiDAR scanning that took place in February under the direction of Blase LaSala.
The virtual tour consists of three main videos, with five call-out videos in each that go into more detail on specific topics. They are full color and professionally narrated. Even if you've been in Lehman Caves a lot, you'll see some different perspectives with the added lighting and ability to zoom in to high features. With the cave closed this summer, it's nice to have a way to share it. These videos will be hosted on the Park's YouTube channel. If you'd like a preview, check out the Trailer. It is followed by the other video. Otherwise, check out the Great Basin National Park website.
100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, Nevada 89311 USA
EuroSpeleo Newsletter, July 2020
It is with great pleasure that the European Speleological Federation (FSE) publishes its second EuroSpeleo Newsletter in year 2020. This Newsletter will be exclusively available in electronic form and it will be distributed through the FSE mailing lists, website and Facebook page. It will be edited by the FSE Bureau and will inform member countries and individual speleologists about important events nationally and internationally as well as new developments and the initiatives of the FSE and its member countries. This Newsletter will be released on an occasional basis.
Please spread this newsletter on the broadest way possible among caving clubs and individual speleologists and all those interested.
You can download the English version of the July 2020 Newsletter here.
C'est avec grand plaisir que la Fédération Spéléologique Européenne (FSE) publie le Bulletin d'Information EuroSpeleo, juillet 2020. Ce bulletin sera exclusivement disponible sous forme électronique, et il sera distribué à travers les listes de diffusion FSE, le site Web et la page Facebook. Il sera édité par le Bureau de la FSE et informera les pays membres et spéléologues individuels sur des choses importantes à l'échelle nationale et internationale ainsi que de nouveaux développements et des initiatives de la FSE et ses pays membres. Ce bulletin sera publié sur une base occasionnelle.
S'il vous plaît diffuser ce bulletin d'information sur la manière la plus large possible parmi les clubs spéléologiques et spéléologues individuels et tous ceux qui s'intéressent.
With cordial regards,
The FSE Bureau
RNDr. Alena Gessert, PhD.
FSE General secretary
NCKRI National Seed Grant Program: Request for Proposals, Final Reminder
NCKRI sends this reminder of our next round of seed grants in support of cave and karst research. The NCKRI National Seed Grant Program is designed to enable new cave and karst research, and encourage new principal investigators to enter the field.
Proposals for NCKRI National Seed Grants are due August 10th, 2020. Applications can be submitted at the following link.
We will also have another call for graduate and undergraduate student grants (the NCKRI Scholar Fellowship Program); that RFP will be announced later this year.
Please help spread the word about this opportunity, and please consider applying yourselves!
Daniel S. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Geobiology, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science
Academic Director, National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI)
314 Mineral Science and Engineering Complex (MSEC)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Socorro, NM 87801
Geological Society of America: Call for Karst Abstracts
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is that time of year when the abstract deadline (August 4) for the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is soon approaching. Even though the meeting will be very different this year with everything being online, we are still hoping for a strong presence in sessions sponsored by the Karst Division. Below are the karst-focused sessions, and I hope you are able to submit an abstract to one of them on your current research in the next two weeks. The conference website may be found at the following link. I hope you are healthy and well, and I hope to "see" you at GSA!
GSA Karst Division
T188. Karst Hydrology and Hydrogeology
Leaders: Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
This session will include abstracts themed around the fundamental aspects of fluid-rock interactions within karst landscapes, including geologic, hydrogeologic, and hydrologic investigations. Appropriate topics range from dye tracing and aquifer processes to surface-subsurface hydrologic interactions and quantitative modeling.
T189. Karst Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry
Leaders: Daniel S. Jones; Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Geochemical Society
This session seeks abstracts that deal with the study of cave and karst ecosystems, including the identification, quantification, and/or discussion of biota, flora, microbial, and related biogeochemical processes or environments in or near karst features.
T190. Karst Sedimentary, Paleoclimate, and Historical Records
Leaders: Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Geochronology Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; GSA Sedimentary Geology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Geochemical Society
Cave deposits (sediments, speleothems, tufa, etc.), karst environmental records (sedimentary, underwater deposits, carbonate stratigraphy, etc.), and geoarchaeological and historical investigations to reconstruct or interpret past climates, landscapes, extreme events, landuse histories, and similar phenomena and model or predict future changes.
T191. New Frontiers in Cave and Karst Research
Leaders: Daniel S. Jones; Ellen K. Herman; Benjamin W. Tobin; Rachel Bosch; Patricia N. Kambesis; and Andrew J. Luhmann
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; Karst Waters Institute; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; GSA Geobiology and Geomicrobiology Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division
We encourage submissions from any field of cave and karst science, with special emphasis on novel techniques, interdisciplinary approaches, and contributions from early career researchers (students, postdocs, and faculty).
T192. Karst Hazards and Monitoring
Leaders: Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Environmental and Engineering Geology Division; GSA Geophysics and Geodynamics Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
Hazards (sinkholes, groundwater pollution, radon, development, urbanization) and monitoring approaches (data collection, data logging, GIS applications, historical data analyses) in karst landscapes, including technical applications (e.g., LiDAR, 3D scanning, geodatabase development) and management implications (resource management, education, policy, regulation).
T193. Pseudo-Karst Processes and Features
Leaders: Erik B. Larson; Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute
This session addresses origin, development, depositional processes, biogeology, and management of landscapes and features that morphologically or in other ways resemble karst; examples include caves formed by wave action, fracturing, gravitation movement, melting or cooling of materials, and exotic chemistries.
T194. Karst Processes and Speleology
Leaders: Rachel Bosch; Kaitlyn Gauvey; Andrew J. Luhmann; and Jason S. Polk
Endorsers: GSA Karst Division; GSA Mineralogy, Geochemistry, Petrology, and Volcanology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Geochemical Society
Covers the myriad of cave and karst forming processes, geomorphic evolution of karst landscapes, and cave system development, including geochemical, morphological, and cave survey studies. Carbonate weathering, diagenesis, hypogene processes, carbonate mineralogy, structural controls, and other related topics are included.
British Cave Research Association Science Symposium: Call for Abstracts
The BCRA Cave Science Meeting 2020 is now confirmed for Saturday November 14th 2020 but will take place using an online portal. It will be hosted by Professor Mike Rogerson at the University of Northumbria.
Although we would very much enjoy contributions that discuss how caves have behaved during the lockdown period, we are open to abstracts on any subject linked to cave and karst science, from professional or amateur researchers. We are expecting to have about 10 talks on the day, and would like to see what you have been doing recently. As in previous years we invite contributions across the cave/karst spectrum including archaeology, biology, geomorphology, hydrology and speleothem science.
Presentation slots are not limited to those with a connection to the UK
Attendance will be free, using an online portal (likely Zoom) so participants worldwide are invited, although do be aware that talks will be scheduled for 0900 to 1700 GMT. We are exploring possibilities for a virtual field trip on the 15th November – more on that later.
List of Upcoming Cave and Karst Meetings
11) 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)
12) 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)
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