Register for the 2013 WKU/Mammoth Karst Field Studies Courses

February 8, 2013 / Kentucky, United States, North America

The 2013 Karst Field Studies Program Guide

Registration is open for this summer’s 2013 Karst Field Studies Program.

Organized by the Hoffman Environmental Research Institute through its Center for Cave and Karst Studies and in cooperation with the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning and Western Kentucky University, the series of week-long field courses are offered to those with an academic, professional, or personal interest in any aspects of caves and karst systems.

Courses may be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit or just for fun as non-credit workshops.

The Courses

  • Karst Geology — June 2nd to 8th, 2013
    A cave-intensive course that concentrates on topics such as regional geology and origin of karst, how caves form, how water moves through karst regions and a whole host of other related topics.
  • Karst Geophysics — June 9th to 15th, 2013
    Get a broad overview of the application of geophysical methods to engineering and environmental problems associated with karst terrains.
  • Cave Photography — June 10th to 14th, 2013
    Practice multiple flash photography in sections of Mammoth Cave, with subjects ranging from close-ups, speleothems, action shots, passages, entrances, and big rooms.
  • Karst Hydrology — June 17th to 21st, 2013
    Learn the theory of ground water flow in karst aquifers, the movement of contaminants in karst aquifers, ground water chemistry in carbonate rocks, methods for tracing water, mechanisms and risks associated with sinkholes, and the development and evolutions of karst aquifers.
  • Cave Biology and Ecosystems — June 17th to 21st, 2013
    Explore the ecology of cave and karst habitats including a focus on biotic and abiotic factors affecting cave organisms, cave microhabitats, trophic interactions, and evolutionary adaptations.

Registration for the 2013 courses is open until Friday May 10th, 2013. For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructors or to register visit the Karst Field Studies website.

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