Appalachian Karst Symposium – 2024

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4th Appalachian Karst Symposium
November 7-10, 2024, Lewisburg WV

The Valley and Ridge from Peters Mountain (Photo: Dorothy Vesper)

The Valley and Ridge from Peters Mountain (Photo: Dorothy Vesper)

The Appalachian region is a significant area of karst geology and is well investigated by both cavers and scientists. This meeting would be an opportunity for interaction between academics, students, cavers, conservation groups, and state/local agencies to review the new scientific knowledge and discuss issues in the region.

Specific aims for the meeting:

  • Present and discuss new research in the region
  • Encourage interaction between different disciplines – biology, exploration, geology, hydrology, paleontology, archaeology, etc.
  • Identify ongoing and coming issues for the region
  • Provide networking opportunities for people interested in Appalachian karst issues

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Conference Timeline:

August 1, 2024 – Abstract submission deadline
August 31, 2024 – Authors notified of abstract status
October 1, 2024 – Registration deadline
November 7-10, 2024 – 4th Appalachian Karst Symposium

Meeting Outcome

Participants in the meeting will be invited to contribute to a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Wil Orndorff (VA DCR Natural Heritage Program) & Dorothy Vesper (West Virginia University)

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The conference is co-sponsored by Karst Waters Institute and the West Virginia Cave Conservancy. Other organizations who would like to contribute to the meeting or student/teacher scholarships, please see the sponsorship page.