UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis

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Dear Friends

It is my great pleasure that the 17th International Congress of Speleology will be held in Australia next year. I have visited Australia a number of times in the past, and for sure this is the place with fascinating landscapes and culture as well as a variety of fantastic caves and karst landforms.

To many of us, caves used to be just fun places to explore or to visit. However, it has been revealed past a few decades that caves also contain very important sites for scientific research. From stalagmites and cave sediments, Earth’s past climatic histories can be revealed back for a few million years. Obviously this significant information will help predict future climate changes. Fossils such as animal bones have been found in some caves, telling us much about the past environmental history on Earth. For example, in the Naracoorte Caves in Australia, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, are numerous animal bones in cave sediments. Also, archaeological remains such as human skeletons in caves give us significant information on human evolution. Moreover, microbiologists are making tremendous efforts to find new microbe species in caves which may enable the cure of some currently incurable diseases.

During this 17th ICS, various speleological sessions will be held to meet your various interests from basic caving skills, exploration activities of many fantastic caves in the world, to many topics in science. The UIS has five Departments. Among them the Department of Scientific Research includes 12 commissions focusing covering different fields in speleology. The Department of Karst and Cave Protection will discuss the conservation and effective management of wild and show caves. And the Department of Exploration will cover numerous caving activities. You will be able to experience full depth of caving and scientific activities during the ICS.

I am sure that it will be a truly unforgettable experience during your visit Australia, and I hope to see you all there.

Kyung Sik Woo
President, International Union of Speleology

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The Sinkhole Conference, joint with the 3rd Appalachian Karst Symposium

Welcome to the 15th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst

This highly successful interdisciplinary biennial conference series is the most important international meeting that concentrates on the practical application of karst science. Geologists, engineers, and geographers, who study how and where karst develops and how sinkholes form, interact with engineers and planners, who apply this information to building and maintaining society’s infrastructure while protecting our environment.

The conference is managed by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, which will partner with the Karst Waters Institute to offer this exceptional 2018 meeting. Given its location in the Great Valley of the Appalachians, one of the premier karst regions of the USA, the conference will include the 3rd Appalachian Karst Symposium.

Conference topics include: Karst Development & Mapping, Pro-Active and Remedial Engineering in Karst Terrain, Karst Water Resource Management. Optional Short Courses will be offered on April 2, 2018, and Field Trips on April 3 and 6, 2018.


George Veni, Ph.D.
Executive Director

National Cave and Karst Research Institute 
400-1 Cascades Avenue Carlsbad, 
New Mexico 88220-6215 USA 
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James LaMoreaux, Ph. D.  
P. E. LaMoreaux & Associates, Inc. (PELA), 
1604 Greensboro Ave.,  
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 USA
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Dave Weary 
National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
U.S. Geological Survey
908 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive 
Reston, Virginia 20192
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Daniel H. Doctor, Ph. D. 
U.S. Geological Survey
Eastern Geology & Paleoclimate Science Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS 926A 
Reston, Virginia 20192
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The Austrian Speleological Association and the Speleological Society of Ebensee would like to welcome all European cavers in the heart of the lake district „Salzkammergut“. The meeting will be held on the 23rd - 26th of August 2018.

The motto of the congress "Speleology - Connecting Science" refers to the function of cave reserach as a link and point of intersection for different fields of science and knowledge.

Ebensee – a town of 8.000 inhabitants – is not only known for its long cultural history and natural beauty, but also for high amount of caves (around 200) surrounding the city. The „Schönberg-Cave System“ (over 140km long) or the „Hirlatzhöhle“ (over 100km long) are only two of them.

Ebensee has a very good highway and railway access and represents an ideal starting point for underground and “overground” excursion to mountains and caves of the lake district „Salzkammergut“, to four managed show caves and the world heritage site „Dachstein“ near the old salt town “Hallstatt”.

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Thank you to all the 2016 GSA Denver Annual Meeting attendees. We hope you enjoyed the geology, networking, and libations. It’s time to plan for our 2017 Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, USA. GSA is excited to head back to the Northwest. Our 2009 meeting in Portland, Oregon, USA, attracted nearly 6,500 attendees from over 50 countries so our 2017 meeting will be international, well attended, and full of excitement! A highlight will be the Seattle-area geology: Glaciation, deposition, tectonics, crustal deformation, unconformities, erosion, bedrock structures, and drumlins. We challenge you to propose a field trip, short course, and/or a technical session that will teach your colleagues and promote discussion about the incredible regional geology.

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