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The 2020 NSS Cartographic Salon will be a Virtual Event

There will be a virtual Cartographic Salon as part of the virtual NSS Convention in July.

The rules for the Salon are on the NSS Web site at

A few notes:

1. Submitted maps will not be available for viewing or downloading except by the Salon's judges.

2. The Salon Critique will be broadcast live using Zoom on Saturday, August 1, at 9 AM EDT.  Entrants will be invited to attend.  The Critique may be open to the NSS membership, but that decision has not been made yet.

3. Maps must be submitted by Friday, June 19.

Please direct any questions to the Cartographic Salon Chair, Dwight Livingston, at

Welcome to the Survey and Cartography Section's (SACS) website. SACS is an internal organization of the NSS whose purpose it is to improve the state of cave documentation and survey, cave data manipulation, and all forms of cave cartography.

SACS is made up of a diverse group of cavers who are interested in sharing ideas, technology and opinions on the science and art of producing digital and traditional cave maps, on methods of cave data collection and reduction, and for improving the digital manipulation and representation of cave survey data. Anyone interested in cave mapping and cartography is welcome to join.

The Section holds an Annual Meeting, a Survey and Cartography Session, and a Cartographic Salon at each NSS Convention. Section business is conducted at the annual meeting. Papers, presentations, and discussions are featured at the Convention session and the Cartographic Salon is an exhibit of traditional and digital cave maps which feature the best work of national and international cartographers.

Membership: SACS is no longer collecting dues as we currently have sufficient funds for current activities for many years, and we have decided to publish Compass & Tape as an electronic only publication, saving much of the annual costs of membership.  Please email the SACS Treasurer, Bob Hoke,, your name & email address to become a member of SACS and be kept up-to-date on all upcoming activities.

NSS Convention Session:  SACS sponsors the Survey & Cartography Session at the annual National Speleological Society Convention, at which presentations are made on a variety of topics of interest to cave surveyors.  Anyone is welcome (and encouraged) to do a presentation at the session.  See the Call for Presentations for more information.

Cartographic Salon: At each NSS convention there is a Cartographic Salon where cave maps are displayed and judged in different categories.  For more information go to the Cartographic Salon Page on this site or

Call for Web-Based Maps: The Cartographic Salon welcomes web maps. With a real example to study, we might begin learning what a web map really is. Please let me know of any cave map that might qualify, your own or something you’ve seen on a web page somewhere. Check the Cartographic Salon Page for more information.

facebook logoSACS Facebook Group.  SACS has an active presence on Facebook.  Click the Facebook logo to go there.

patchSACS Patch: SACS has an official patch! The 4” diameter cloth patch was designed by Jason Richards. The patch is available to anyone for a paltry $4 and the price includes postage. If you order two or more patches at once, the price for the first one is $4 and the additional ones are $3 each. Click here for an order form.

NSS Convention Session Abstracts: Abstracts of many Survey and Cartography Session presentations made at NSS Conventions are available in a searchable PDF file here (55 pages, 333 Kbytes).  After downloading, the file can be searched with most PDF viewer programs.

This page last updated or verified on June 3, 2020