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.
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.