One of the purposes
of the Section is to facilitate the exchange of
information. Following are links and capsule
descriptions of other sites you may be interested
The Paleo Section was chartered by the NSS on December 27, 1983,
to "improve and facilitate the exchange of data among cavers
interestedin paleontology and to bring into contact people of
similar interests". The Section is a group of cavers, caver
scientists, and scientists who share the common bond of caves,
caving, and paleontology. They encourage all forms of cave related
paleontology, including, vertebrates, invertebrates and
plants found in caves. Often overlooked however are the fossils
found within the cave limestone or matrix itself. They also
encourage the study of these forms.
While this is clearly not a geoscience
site, multidisciplinary studies between the biological and geosciences
are increasing in karst regions, and this site offers considerable
insight and information on cave biology.
CALENDAR OF KARST GEOSCIENCE EVENTS
This list to the International Union of
Speleology includes an
"International Speleo Calendar" which
is probably the web's most comprehensive calendar
of caving and karst events.
FOR CAVE AND KARST STUDIES
THE LIMESTONE RESEARCH GROUP
Geography and geologystudents interested in karst
studies will be interested in these sites. The
Center for Cave and Karst Studies is the only
university in the U.S. with a karst-focused
program. The Limestone Research Group is an
equivalent program in Great Britain. The Section
is not endorsing any university program, but
since little educational information is generally
available on karst, these sources are offered to
help students obtain the information they need to
better evaluate their graduate program options.
Other karst programs not listed are welcome to
submit their addresses to the web
editor for inclusion.
EDWARDS AQUIFER THE FINAL THIRST
This site is on a major karst aquifer
in Texas, although it unfortunately does not mention karst.
However, it has an online Edwards Aquifer Simulation Model,
where you plug in whatever regional water usage and replenishment
statistics you want to test and then see how the aquifer should
EXETER SPELEOTHEM RESEARCH GROUP
This web site is full
of good information on speleothem dating and
analysis, including a list of the Group's
published papers, and a bibliography of nearly
2,000 publications on speleothem growth and
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF SPELEOLOGY
Perhaps this site's most useful item to karst
scientists is an international list of cave
database coordinators. If you are considering a
karst project in an unfamiliar region or country,
through this link you can find out who
coordinates the regional cave database.
THE KARST WATERS INSTITUTE
The Karst Waters
Institute is a non-profit institution organized
to improve the fundamentalunderstanding of karst
water systems through research and the education
of professionals and the public. The site is
primarily a clearinghouse of information on KWI.
An online "brochure" on KWI provides a
good general introduction to caves and karst
topics. The site does not contain information on
the latest advances in karst geoscience, but
lists KWI sources that contain such work.
MISSOURI SPRINGS -- JEWELS IN THE OZARKS
For the amateur
geoscientist, this site has a lot good basic
information on karst springs, and for the
professional geoscientists, it offers a good
overview of Missouri spring hydrogeology from
which future investigations might be planned.
SHERRY MAYO'S CAVE PAGES
This site is the most complete directory of
cave-related sites available on the web.
Relatively few have significant amounts of
geoscience information, but many regional sites
contain good basic information useful to
initiating research in those areas.
SOUTHEAST ALASKA PALEONTOLOGY
Several papers on cave vertebrate paleontology in
Alaska are included in this site.
Speleological Abstracts is an annual
bibliographic listing of papers covering all
topics of caving and cave science discussed each
year in the international literature. Abstracts
of most reports are provided, with increasing
numbers provided in English.
SPELEOLOGICAL PAGE OF THE MOSCOW STATE
This site contains a detailed report on the
geology of caves of the Kugitangtau area in
Turkmenistan. It focuses on the caves'
hydrogen sulfide speleogenesis, and the origin of
the strange and beautiful speleothems found