UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis
The Conduit is the e-newsletter of the Karst Waters Institute, and latest issue (volume 10, issue 1) can be downloaded as a pdf (using free Adobe Acrobat software) from the main website for KWI (www.karstwaters.org).


This issue consist of news from past KWI activities, including the Annual Awards Banquet in March, as well as a write-up from Dr. Alexander Klimchouk about the 2009 "Hypogene Speleogenesis" conference in the Ukraine. The reliminary announcement for the 2011 KWI-sponsored "Carbonate Geochemistry: Reactions and Processes in Aquifers and Reservoirs" is included, as well as information for future karst-related (and KWI co-sponsored) conferences in 2010 and 2011. One of those conferences is the 12th Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst, which will be in St. Louis, Missouri (www.pela.com/sinkholeconference2011.htm). Abstracts are due July 1.

This issue also contains a special feature "Where are they now?", which details the research of two of KWI's past William L. Wilson Scholarship for Karst Science recipients. The goal of the Wilson Scholarship is to attract and support new karst scientists to continue the research that Bill so deeply loved. In order to continue funding worthy students, long into the future, and as a legacy of KWI and Bill, KWI initiated a fund-raising campaign to increase the size of the current fund. More information can be found at www.karstwaters.org/scholarship/wilsondonate.htm.

A few other announcements: KWI is co-sponsoring several topical sessions at the Geological Society of America meeting - T8. Flow in Fractured and Karstic Aquifers: Models and Methods; T52. Karst Environments: Problems, Management, Human Impact, and Environmental Sustainability (Posters); and T118. Filling the Hole: Sedimentary Geology and Paleontology of Caves and Karst. Abstracts are due August 10. (www.geosociety.org).

As always, send any questions, comments, or ideas along, and thank you for your support of KWI.

Dr. Annette Summers Engel

Karst Waters Institute Vice President for Communications
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