Author Archives: Karst Waters Institute

Planning to present on karst topics at GSA 2024?

Deadline for abstracts: June 18th, 2024





To register for meeting or to submit abstract, go to

Karst related topical sessions include:

T97. New Frontiers in Cave and Karst Science.
T98. Karst Ecosystems and Biogeochemistry.
T99. Karst Hazards and Monitoring.
T100. Karst Hydrology and Hydrogeology.
T101. Karst Sedimentary, Paleoclimate, and Historical Records.

Introducing the Ultimate Guide to Speleothems from the scientists of Karst Waters Institute

“A perfect gift for anyone who like caves.” – Nicole Ridlen, General Manager, Cumberland Caverns

Almost anyone who ever took a cave tour learned the difference between stalactites and stalagmites, but can you tell anthodites from helictites? Moon milk from pool fingers? Bacon from boxwork? Just as illustrated guides help visitors identify flora and fauna of the surface world, Speleothems: A guide to speleothem form and identification provides cave visitors with descriptions and images of over thirty types of natural mineral deposits found in caves. Written by the cave scientists William B. White, Daniel H. Doctor, and Sarah K. Carmichael, this new publication of Karst Waters Institute describes not only the appearance and names of various speleothems, but the chemical (and sometimes biological) processes that create them. With durable laminated pages, it is perfect for your next cave visit.

An educational addition to any tour cave gift shop.

ISBN 978-1-7349768-0-9
39 pages
8½ by 5 inches (spiral bound, laminated, appropriate for field use)

Order copies from Speleobooks:

PO Box 10, Schoharie, NY 12157 or or 518-295-7978


Announcing Dr. Jean “Creature” Krejca, 2024 Karst Award Winner

Dubbed “Creature” on her first wild caving trip to Mystery Cave in southeastern Missouri, Jean found her fascination with cave exploration and subterranean systems at the age of 18 years old by the warm glow of a carbide lamp. As president of a successful consulting firm combining the fields of karst hydrology and endangered species management, Jean found gratification in sharing her knowledge of the karst systems with the ‘next generation’ of environmental consultants.  All the while, Creature continued to make major contributions to academic research and cave exploration.

Read more about Dr. Krejca here.