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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.

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.

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.

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.

Gone Caving! A Card Game of Exploration and Discovery

By Jared Embree 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. Overcome challenges by squeezing through tight passages or being prepared for an impending emergency. A hand of the game plays quickly, but the game is …

Caving and Caver Communities on a Hot Planet

Pandemics may be very disruptive to society and have a considerable impact on most of its institutions. While we focus most of our attention on the immediate health and economic concerns of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we might consider what our response should be in the face of other crises. That is, global warming is already making our situation more precarious on Earth…

Post Kirkwood in Austin and San Antonio

The Kirkwood Community in Texas fell apart just a few years before I started caving. Following in the tradition of Kirkwood cavers looking for affordable group living with likeminded cavers, the tradition continued not with a block of houses on a street but in the individual houses of cavers…

UHF Cave Data Communication Network for Fort Stanton Cave, NM

The Fort Stanton Cave Study Project, in collaboration with the Roswell Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, is developing a distributed communication network for data, that will be tested in a small-scale prototype configuration in 2020. The ultimate goal is to establish a quasi-real time sensor network to measure air conditions such as temperature, movement, direction, and CO2 content, and measure similar water conditions in the intermittent Snowy River stream channel from the closest point at Turtle Junction back to the surface and to a nearby facility.

de Tour de West Virginia 2020

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.

WVASS: West Virginia Speleological Survey

This talk will describe the West Virginia Speleological Survey, what the organization goals are, its history, what it has accomplished to date, and its plans for the future. The talk will also outline the weakness in the system, describe how cave length and depth is determined, and provide lists of the long and deep caves within the state.

Gerald Moni Uses QGIS

Jon Zetterberg explains the uses Geographical Information Systems (QGIS) to improve accuracy of identifying cave entrance locations, showing the basics of using the QGIS and how to generate the output.