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AnnouncementsJuly 30 Thursday

Virtual Tour of Lehman Cave

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 …

Available All Week

Available All Week

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.

Cartographic Salon

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.

Lightning Talks

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.

Michael Taylor Book Signing

Michael Taylor Book Signing

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.

Photo Salon

Cavers’ Choice Awards

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.

Awards Salon Program

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.

Fine Arts Salon

Fine Arts Salon

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.

AnnouncementsJuly 31 Friday

Lightning Talks Are Back

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 …

Sistema Silvana – A new lava tube system in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

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.

International Year of Caves and Karst Meeting (live)

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 …

Real Time Carbon Dioxide Monitoring System at Edgewood Caverns, NM

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.

Solving the Enigma of Engel Hill Inside Fort Stanton Cave, NM

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.

Pottery Demonstration

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!!