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from George Veni:

Dear Friends,

I've just returned from some meetings in Europe and the Karst Interest Group meeting in Arkansas. While traveling, some information came together that prompts this notice.

1) 16th International Congress of Speleology. Part of my reason for being in Europe was to attend the International Union of Speleology’s Bureau meeting and assess the progress in organizing the next International Congress of Speleology. It should be a superb meeting with lots for cavers and cave scientists to do. Mark your calendars to be in Brno, Czech Republic, 21-28 July 2013! For more information and to get on the e-mail list for updates:

2) International Journal of Speleology. The latest issue of the International Journal of Speleology has been printed. This highly rated cave and karst journal will only continue to be printed this year and the next. After that, it goes completely digital. The journal is available now for free digitally at, but if you want a printed copy you can find ordering information on that website and get a discounted price if you order for both 2011 and 2012.

3) Geological Society of America Convention. The next GSA meeting will be held this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 9-12 October. I know there will be at least one karst field trip (GSA will post the list of trips in June). The call for abstracts has gone out. The deadline for submissions is 26 July. Seven sessions on caves and karst are being offered this year. Several related sessions that would be excellent venues for karst papers are also being offered on topics that include biology, archeology, and hydrogeology. For details:

Of the cave and karst sessions, the following are sponsored or co-sponsored by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute:


T80. Environmental Problems in Karst Terranes/Terrains and Their Solutions: In Honor of James F. Quinlan
GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Engineering Geology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; Edwards Aquifer Authority; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Karst Waters Institute; Minnesota Ground Water Association
E. Calvin Alexander, Geary M. Schindel

This session on applied karst hydrology and geology is held in honor of the late Dr. James Quinlan, one of the founders of modern karst research in the United States. Keywords: Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Engineering Geology


T85. Dynamic Gradients in Karst Aquifers
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; Karst Waters Institute; Minnesota Ground Water Association
Daniel H. Doctor, E. Calvin Alexander

This session highlights approaches for understanding karst aquifer function in the face of dynamic gradients in head, chemistry, and temperature. Studies that provide a geologic context within which dynamic gradients may be interpreted are sought. Keywords: Hydrogeology; Environmental Geoscience; Geomorphology


T93. Pseudokarst
GSA Hydrogeology Division; National Cave and Karst Research Institute; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Lewis Land, Greg Brick

This session will focus on any aspect of pseudokarst, including groundwater piping, suffusion, tectonic processes, talus, wind ablation, littoral (wave action), permafrost, subglacial, and rheogenic (lava tubes). Keywords: Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Volcanology


Below are additional cave and karst sessions, and sessions soliciting cave and karst papers, which should also be excellent based on the people and organizations involved:


T77. Karst Waters and Culture: Exploring How Karst Water and the Dissolution Landscape Have Impacted Human History and Civilization
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Dorothy J. Vesper, William K. Jones

The profound interaction between karst hydrogeology and humans will be explored. Possible topics may include water supply, other resources (saltpeter, caves), land use, archeology (Neolithic, classical, pre-Columbian), hydromythology, architecture, and military geology. Keywords: Hydrogeology; Archaeological Geology


T91. Geology in the National Forests and Grasslands: Stewardship, Education, and Research
GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Hydrogeology Division; GSA Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; USDA Forest Service; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Michael A. Crump, Christopher P. Carlson

This session will explore aspects of geological science conducted on National Forests and Grasslands. Topics include paleontology, cave and karst geology, engineering geology and natural-hazard mitigation, hydrogeology, interpretive and recreational geology, geo-ecology, and more. Keywords: Hydrogeology; Geomorphology; Geoscience Education


T100. Exploration of Karst Aquifer Systems Using New and Innovative Techniques and Methods (Posters)
GSA Hydrogeology Division; Karst Waters Institute; GSA Engineering Geology Division
Eric W. Peterson, Toby Dogwiler

This session will explore new and innovative techniques and methods used to identify karst aquifer geometries, to delineate flow paths in karst aquifers, and to discern contaminant storage and transport pathways within karst aquifers. Keywords: Hydrogeology; Quaternary Geology; Remote Sensing/Geographic Info System


T149. Virtual Reality in Geoscience Education (Digital Posters)
GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Geoscience Education Division; GSA Structural Geology and Tectonics Division; GSA Geoinformatics Division; GSA Planetary Geology Division; National Association of Geoscience Teachers; Google Inc.; Oxford University Press; Minnesota Planetarium Society
Declan G. De Paor, Steven J. Whitmeyer, John E. Bailey

This session covers virtual reality in formal and informal geoscience education at all levels: Google Earth, OmniGlobe, LiDAR, GigaPan, full-dome digital planetaria, caves, and resources for handheld devices, such as iPads and smart phones. PLEASE CONTACT THE SESSION CHAIRS BEFORE SUBMITTING AN ABSTRACT TO THIS SESSION. Keywords: Geoscience Education; Geoinformatics; Structural Geology


Feel free to distribute this message to anyone you think may be interested.






George Veni, Ph.D.

Executive Director

National Cave and Karst Research Institute

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