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Karst Field Studies Course Summer 2014

Greetings,

The Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University and its partners encourage you to participate in the summer 2014 Karst Field Studies Program at and near Mammoth Cave National Park . Tentative courses this summer will include:
– Karst Geology, June 1-7, Dr. Art Palmer
– Exploration of the Mammoth Cave Area, June 8-14, Dr. Stanley Sides
– Cave Survey and Cartography, June 15-21, Dr. Pat Kambesis, with assistance from Mr. Howard Kalnitz
Take a class for fun as non-credit workshops OR courses may also be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit.
For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructors, please visit karstfieldstudies.com. But hurry, the deadline to reserve you spot is approaching fast…Friday, May 9. Space is limited.
If you have any questions please contact the Karst Field Studies Director, Dr. Leslie North, at leslie.north@wku.edu.
Please forward this message to your friends, students, staff, and/or colleagues. We need your help to spread the word far and wide!
“Like” us on Facebook at Karst Field Studies (WKU/Mammoth Cave).

Hope to see you this summer!

Dr. Leslie A. North

Campout and Caving

The Little Egypt Grotto is in the process of planning our annual 76 campout for the weekend of March 8-10, 2013.  Trips into Mystery Cave as well as various other caves on the property are being planned.  Stay tuned for more details!

A little piece of Paradise

crevice1On Saturday, February 2, 2013 members of the Little Egypt Grotto were lead by Phillip Ellison and Erin Thomas to the Paradise Room of Crevice Cave.  Members along for the adventure include Ashlyn Ellison, Eric Ferre, Emily Ferre, Carl Ferre, Mihai Lefticariu, John Gulley, Amber Dry, Audrey Shire, Chris Thomas, and Kyle Thomas.  Our day started out with the usual Park-et breakfast and then it was off to the cave.  Once everyone was prepare for the day’s trek we headed to the entrance.  Upon arrival, it was discover that the entrance was completely sealed off with ice.  Determined to cave, Phillip grabbed a rock and began to hammer away at the ice.  Before long we were filing into the cave, one by one.  Our trip in was enjoyable; everyone seemed to like the variety of cave passage which included crawling, walking, and climbing.  Once we arrived at the Paradise Room we were anxious to share the prized formations that we had come so far to see before settling down for lunch.  Our crew agreed that the trip was well worth the venture.  We attempted a group photo in front of the largest formation using candle light and limited headlights.  Tea candles proved to be too small, but we now have an excuse to go back!  Everyone exited the cave tired and muddy.  To top off the day, we enjoyed dinner together at the local Mexican restaurant.  (Photos by John Gulley)crevice2

 

Mystery Cave trip- January 12, 2013

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On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Phillip Ellison and Erin Thomas lead new LEGers Audrey Shire and Amber Dry through Mystery Cave.  This was Audrey and Ambers’s first wild cave tour.  Due to poor weather predicted for the afternoon, our trip was limited to a few hours in the morning and only the upstream passages.  We spent the morning exploring the cave at a leisurely pace, taking the time to scrutinize formations and look for fossils in the steam bed.  Our trip was a success and enjoyed by our new members. (Photo by Audrey Shire)

Karst-O-Rama

July 12-14, 2013-Greater Cincinnati Grotto is “Simply Caving” at Karst-O-Rama for our 21st year at Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve in Mt. Vernon, KY! Registration is limited to NSS/Grotto members only with the option to sponsor up to a total of three (3) non-member guests. There will be an abundance of cave trips and many family-friendly activities including Kids Corner, climbing contest, photo contest, map contest, survey class, vertical workshop, geology field trip, gear vendors, and more! Pre-registration incentives will be offered. To learn more, visit our website: http://karstorama.com and like us on Facebook for updates.

Oct. 30, 2012 – Grotto Sculpin Public Hearing

The US Fish and Wildlife is  having a  public hearing Tuesday  Oct 30th from 5~8 pm at the Perryville Higher Education Center in Perryville, MO.  The topic of discussion is a proposal to put the Grotto Sculpin on the Federal Endangered Species List. This will (dramatically) affect caving in Perry County. There are lots of concerns here. Please try to attend if possible.  Your input could be invaluable.

Cave Diving Seminar – Oct. 25, 2012

The Department of Geology at SIU-C will present an excellent cave diving seminar by Stephanie Schwabe on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 4:00 P.M. in the Parkinson Laboratory building room number 110. Stephanie Schwabe is a widely renowned and respected cave diver and scientist.  Please join us for an exciting talk.

Stephanie Schwabe is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of London. She was named a NASA fellow in exo-biology for her discovery of a unique life system found only in the black fresh water holes in the Bahamas, and was featured in the book titled Women of Discovery: A Celebration of Intrepid Women Who Explored the World. In 2004, Schwabe was given the "Women of Discovery Courage Award" by Wings WorldQuest.

Mystery Cave October 6, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, 2012 the Grotto will be taking a group of young cavers on a tour or the upper north, fossil and perhaps a few other areas of Mystery Cave in Perry County, Missouri.  We expect a group of about a dozen persons to attend with a few first time cavers present in the group.  A trip report/interview by the Grotto editor will be forth coming with maybe a few photos 😉

It is our pleasure to introduce our sport new cavers so that we don’t become a society of “crusty cavers”.

LEG “76” Camp Out – Nov. 9-11, 2012

The LEG annual campout will be held from the Friday evening of Nov. 9 through Sunday 11th.  We will be camping just up the road from the 76 Conservation Area near Perryville, MO.  Plan for a weekend of camping, caving, and campfires!  Saturday night there will be a monster pot of chili for all!  If you plan to join us, please let me know in order to make it easier to plan the meal etc!

The campout is a great time and a good excuse to get away for the weekend.  This will be a kid friendly weekend with multiple small caving trips.  If you have any further questions, just let us know.  Hope to see everybody there!