About the Lehman Caves Virtual Tour: Presented by the National Park Service, this 3-part video series takes virtual visitors through a high-resolution reconstruction of Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park. Each part features five bonus videos that go into more detail about all sorts of topics including cave life, hydrology/geology, and history. Viewers can choose which topics they want …
Please join the Live Photo Salon Critique on Saturday, August 1 from 2pm to 4pm.
These prerecorded sessions are available all week starting Monday
These will be available all week beginning Monday, July 27, 2020. Be sure to watch the NSS Awards Show on Thursday at 7:00 PM EDT for the results.
Welcome to the Cartographic Salon . These will be available all week beginning Monday, July 27, 2020. Be sure to watch the NSS Awards Show on Thursday at 7:00 PM EDT for the results.
Put the Lightning Talks session on your schedule for Friday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did. It’s the session that’s planned to be unplanned. It’s cavers doing the thing they do best: showing off. Please, feel free to participate with a 5-minute (or so) presentation. Or just attend and enjoy. The atmosphere is casual and friendly.
Join caver, explorer, and author Bill Steele in conversation with Michael Ray Taylor about Taylor’s new book, Hidden Nature: Wild Southern Caves. Beyond describing the majesty of the TAG region’s wild caves and the concurrent joys and dangers of exploring them, Taylor examines their scientific importance, their relationship to clean water, and their uncertain future—and also the culture and personalities of TAG caving.
Don’t forget that you vote for your favorite Symbolic Emblem, T-shirt, or Graphic Arts! The Cavers’ Choice Award voting starts at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 27 and ends at noon East Coast time on Wednesday, July 29.
The Society’s 2020 Awards will be presented at this show.
The Awards Salon program presents the best of the Salon entries for the NSS Convention and includes the winners of each Salon – Honorable Mentions, Merit Awards, and Best of Show.
Cave-related songs and music.
The Fine Arts Salon is the official venue for exhibiting speleologically inspired artwork. Artwork can be in any medium, from painting and sketching to digitally altered photography, computer graphics, pottery and sculpture, textiles, and mixed media. The subject must involve cavers, cave life, karst and caves, focusing on the central interest of speleology. This year there No Theme and all submissions will be judged in the Open Category.
This is the live event. Gone Caving! is a card game for 2 to 6 people in which players of all ages explore a cave. Earn points for discovering passages, observing animals, and finding incredible geological formations.
Put the Lightning Talks session on your schedule for Friday afternoon. You’ll be glad you did. It’s the session that’s planned to be unplanned. It’s cavers doing the thing they do best: showing off. Please, feel free to participate with a 5-minute (or so) presentation. Or just attend and enjoy. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. A lightning talk can …
As international teams of cavers enter the 10th year of documenting lava tubes and pit crater features in the Galapagos Islands, significant new discoveries are still being made. In August 2019, locals guided a small team to a new tube system that has now been surveyed over 4 km. Survey totals from the March 2020 expedition have now revealed that Sistema Silvana is now the longest known lava tube in South America.
Welcome to the NSS Convention 2020.
Saturday – August 1, 2020 Live starting at 12:00 noonMeeting Chairs: George Veni, Pat Kambesis The world’s first International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK) will be held in 2021. It will be a global event to educate people about the importance of caves and karst. Dozens of organizations are involved, with national caving organizations taking the lead on the …
Edgewood Caverns is a densely jointed cave in Santa Fe County that has a single 38 m deep entrance shaft, drilled and cased with a 0.5 m diameter steel pipe. The cave is in Pennsylvanian limestone and was phreatic in development with solution-enlarged joints. It is a substantial cave, having been mapped ~8.3 km (5.2 mi) as of 2019, and has barometric-driven winds at the entrance cap. A detailed talk on the history of the cave was given in the Conservation session at the 2018 NSS Convention.
Starting in 1962 a dig in an airy dead-end passage continued on and off for 7 years, eventually opening Babb’s Burrow into the Lincoln Caverns passage of Fort Stanton Cave. This was the most remote place in the cave. At the far end of a large decorated trunk, a massive breakdown collapse called Engel Hill terminated the trend while air continued. A dig in the 1970s continued upward using screwed-together steel pipes to probe overhead breakdown, but dire conditions killed enthusiasm. It wasn’t until Snowy River (SR) was discovered in 2001 that the true nature of Fort Stanton Cave began to be realized in the south.
Peter Jones has been a caver/cave photographer for 51 years and a potter for 49 years. He’s been blending his two passions in life together for all those years. Many people have seen his finished work in Vendors Row at Conventions and Old Timers Reunions for many years, but very few have seen how his work is produced on the potter’s wheel. Watch Peter perform alchemy and turn a lump of clay into a beautiful piece of functional artwork. Seeing the work being produced on the wheel is almost like seeing magic!!