By George Dasher

This talk will discuss the four karst- and cave-forming limestones within West Virginia, as well as the different types of karst. The talk will also describe the karst and hydrology within the various counties and river basins, starting in southern West Virginia and working north, and it will provide a limited description of some of the caves within the state.

About Me

George Dasher began caving, cave surveying, and project caving in 1975 in the 38.5-mile-long Organ Cave System in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. His first three trips were not “fun,” but he stuck with it and has since focused on documenting West Virginia caves and karst.  To date, he has ridgewalked and surveyed caves in all of West Virginia’s karst counties, as well as completed a significant number of successful dye traces. He is also a prolific writer and editor of cave-related materials, and has edited The West Virginia Caver since its founding in 1983. He has also produced several publications for the NSS, including both editions of On Station, the NSS’ publication on cave surveying, and nine West Virginia Speleological Survey bulletins. He is currently the Executive Director of the West Virginia Speleological Survey, the secretary of the Surveying and Cartography Section of the NSS, and the vice-president of the Charleston Grotto.


  1. George goes real fast, but covers all of the caving areas in West Virginia. He tells of the limestone all caves are in. He leaves little time to look at pictures, especially on a smart phone. I recommend watching this on a computer.

  2. Well, George, even though I started caving in WV in ‘63, your excellent lightning talk on the geology was very inlightening and reduced my ignorance somewhat, which is likely a good thing. I would love to see a graphics program that would allow you to fly through and rotate both the cave passages and the color coded geology, similar to the programs that allow you to look at molecules in 3D. Which is a lot of fun. Rick Banning

  3. I imagine this won’t set well with a lot of people, but this recorded presentation format is much better than the live presentations at a regular convention. I can stop and replay sections, look up words I don’t know, reference maps, then go back and play it again. And I can hear much better than in an auditorium.
    We should do it this way all the time.
    Thanks George.

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