2011 Section Meeting
WKU/MACA Karst Field Studies – June 2011
Index to Karst Geoscience Programs at US Universities
Special Interest Group
to the web page of the National Speleological Society's (NSS) Section
of Cave Geology and Geography. The Section is the oldest in the NSS,
and since 1968 has generally functioned as a forum for the exchange
of cave geoscience information and the interaction of karst geoscientists.
It also serves as the NSS's link to the American
Geological Institute. This is not to say that non-geoscientists
or non-degreed persons are not welcome. In fact, it's just the opposite.
Cave science is largely based on the explorations and observations of
cavers (which describes most degreed Section members when you strip
away the degrees) and other folks who often have a strong interest in
the geosciences and make many and substantive contributions. This aspect
of caving/cave science makes the Section a group that has the degrees
and does the related "big science," yet is just as comfortable with
low key science, interdisciplinary science, and cave science education.
Section is active in several ways, and is picking up steam. For example:
1996, we sponsored and received an award for an "Interactions of Karst
Geology and Ecology" symposium for the American Association for the
Advancement of Science's annual meeting.
year at NSS Convention, we give a workshop or symposium on some aspect
of cave geoscience that is geared to be interesting and informative
for geoscientists and non-geoscientists alike. Topics of recent years
include: karst hydrology, karst geology of the Guadalupe Mountains,
cave paleontology, karst environmental management, vulcanospeleology,
and karst geomicrobiology.
recently co-produced the first national environmental education booklet
on karst with the American Geological
Institute titled "Living with Karst: a Fragile Foundation."
to the above activities, each year at NSS Convention, the Section hosts
the Geology and Geography Session for the presentation of new research
(anyone wishing to give a paper needs to contact Section
web page is the most recent means by which the Section is spreading
karst geoscience information to those who need it.