January 20 , 1992 - Preliminary Registration
May 1 , 1992 - Full Fees Due

Correspondence:

Dr.Jack Hess
Desert Research Institute
P.O.Box 19040
Las Vegas , NV 89132-0040
USA
Phone: 702-895-0450 Fax: 702-895-0427
E-Mail [email protected]

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FIELD SYMPOSIUM IN AUSTRALIA 4 TO 18 DECEMBER 1992

Buchan--Naracoorte--Nullarbor

Humid temperate impounded karst , sub-humid temperat syngenetic karst , arid temperate karst

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INVITATION

A field symposium of IGCP299 will be held in Australia from 4 to 18 December 1992.This will allow members of IGCP299 to examine a wide range of karst types in southern Australia and to relate these to karst landforms already studied by the project. Papers dealing with similar karst types abroad can ?be presented during the symposium , and thus comparisons and ?correlations will be facilitated. We invite you to attend and encourage you to submit ?your ideas and papers at an early date.

SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM

Three principal karst types are widespread in Australia:
1.Small impounded karst or karst barre developed in Palaeozoic ?limestones of ?the Eastern Highlands of Australia. Examples of this ?type ?are ?Jenolan , Cooleman Plain and Buchan.
2.Syngenetic karst developed in aeolian calcarenites of Tertiary age in coastal Southern Australia. Examples of this type are Naracoorte , Bat Ridges , and Margaret River.
3. ?Arid ?zone karst developed in limestones of widely ?varying ?age ?from Tertiary to ?Palaeozoic. Examples of this type are the Nullarbor ?Plain , ?the Kimberleys , the Barkly Tableland and the Cape Range.
This combined field symposium and excursion will visit one example of each type ?of karst-- Buchan, Naracoorte and Nullarbor. These karsts all lie in the cool temperate ?part of Southern Australia , and ?experience a ?predominantly Mediterranean ?climate. Annual rainfall ranges from 100mm on the Nullarbor ?to about ?800mm ?at ?Buchan. Landscape relief ranges from less than 5m on the Nullarbor to about 100m at Buchan.
Buchan ?is a typical impounded karst with an area of about 50 km2?and ?over 350 caves. Recent work there suggests that many of the karst features may be of Tertiary age, ?and?there is thus a long geomorphic history of valley incision ?and ?aggradation which may reflect uplift history. ?There ?are well developed tourist caves here with permanent springs.
Naracoorte ?is one of the best examples of karst ?developed ?in aeolian calcarenite. The extensive caves and cenotes ( numbering around 100 ) are formed in lithified beach ?ridges of late Tertiary to Pleistocene age. Extensive formations and marsupial fossil material have led to ?the ?development ?and expansion of tourist caves here.
The Nullarbor is Australia's most extensive karst(200,000km2) but has surprisingly few ?caves for its area (approx.220). It does , ?however , ?contain several large caves (up to 11km long) which descend to the watertable at about 100m ?depth. ?There ?are well developed halite, ?gypsum and ancient calcite formations?in ?the ?caves , ?as well as ?extensive ?saline ?lakes. ?Remains ?of aboriginal ?occupation include flint quarries and some of the oldest parietal are in the world. At present a World Heritag nomination is being prepared for the Nullarbor Plain.

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY

Day?1: Meet ?in Melbourne 0900. Briefing in morning at ?Melbourne ?University , afternoon drive to Buchan. Stay at "Homeleigh"(caving field house).
Day 2-3: Visit to karst sites at Buchan, including tourist caves and some wild caves in Buchan Reserve. Karst spring monitoring and surface karst features at Murrindal. Chronology of caves and terraces. Management issues.
Day 4: Drive from Buchan to Warrnambool. Overnight at cabins.
Day 5: Warrnambool to Naracoorte karst via Ewen Ponds and other karst cenotes. Cave ?management and water pollution. Tourist cave development. ?Overnight ?at cabins.
Day 6: Naracoorte to Clare via Murray Bridge and Nuriootpa. Overnight at Clare caravan park (on-site caravans or cabins).
Day 7: Clare to Ceduna. Meet South Australian NPWS staff. Overnight in cabins.
Day ?8: Start Nullarbor Plain section. Ceduna to Eucla via Head of ?Bight ?and Weebubbie Cave. Camp at Eucla coastal dunefield.
Day 9: Eucla to Abrakurrie Cave. Camp at Thampanna Cave.
Day 10: Thampanna Cave and Kelly Cave. Camp at Thampanna Cave.
Day 11: Witches and Webb Caves. Camp at Eucla Motel.
Day 12: Eucla to Koonalda Cave. Camp overnight at Nullarbor Station.
Day ?13: Nullarbor Station to Diprose Caves , afternoon to Ceduna. ?Dinner ?and discussion re World Heritage listing for Nullarbor karst. Overnight in cabins.
Day 14 ,15: Ceduna to Adelaide. Excursion terminates at airport or city centre.

COST PER PERSON

AUS$2250 ?includes ?all publications , transport , meals ?and ?accommodation from the start in Melbourne to the finish in Adelaide (single room ?supplement $600). This cost estimate may have to be revised if fuel prices ?and ?vehicle costs ?increase ?before December 1992. Note that you will be ?responsible ?for arranging and paying for your transport to Melbourne and from Adelaide to your point ?of ?origin. We will arrange one night's motel ?accommodation ?(at ?your expense-approx.$120 ?for ?two ?nights , twin share) in each ?of ?Melbourne ?and Adelaide. ?All ?participants ?will be required to provide ?proof ?of ?adequate travel insurance; we can organize this at the time of booking(approx. $120 per person for three weeks).

TRAVEL AND VISAS

We will use on-site caravans or cabins wherever possible and especially on days ?with long drives. These provide single beds on a shared room basis ?with bathroom facilities. Electric power (240v) is available for charging batteries (lights , ?flashguns ,video). On the Nullarbor we will be camping and ?we ?will supply ?tents , ?foam ?sleeping mats and sleeping bags. Meals ?served ?will ?be continental breakfasts , sandwich lunches and cooked evening meals. Tea , coffee and fruit juices will be served. Alcoholic beverages will be at your ?expense. The ?Naracoorte area and the Clare valley of South Australia produce ?some ?of Australia's best red and white table wines.
Personal luggage will be restricted to one large soft rucksack or bag ?and a ?day pack. We will supply caving helmets and electric lights. You will ?have to bring protective clothing(overalls or similar) and boots. Ladders and ropes will be used on a few short pitches of less than 15m.
Registrants ?who are not Australian citizens should contact ?their ?travel agent ?or the Australian High Commission in their country regarding ?the ?need for a visa to enter Australia. Invitations will be arranged by the ?Organizing Committee.

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PRELIMINARY REGISTRATION
IGCP 299 FIELD SYMPOSIUM
AUSTRALIA , 4--18 DECEMBER 1992

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Please return this form by 1 March 1992 to:
Dr.David Gillieson
Department of Geography & Oceanography University College, University of NSW
Australian Defence Force Academy
Campbell, ACT 2600, Australia.
Phone: 06 2688305?
Fax: 61 06 2688313 Telex: ADFADM AA62030

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND FIELD SEMINAR
GENERAL AND APPLIED KARST HYDROGEOLOGY
BELGRADE -- YUGOSLAVIA

May 23 -- June 2, 1993

Organized by: Institute of Hydrogeology, Petnica Science Center
University of Belgrade, School of Mining and Geology
Sponsored by: International Association of Hydrogeologists
Energoproject Holding Corporation Geozavod Hig
Putnik Travel Company
Address: Radisay Golubovic,?
Symposium Secretariat,
Petnica Science Center,
P.O.Box 40
14000 Valjevo, Yugoslavia

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Photo 10. Tufa dams at Huanglong Ravine , Songpan County ,
Sichuan Province , with snow mountain and forest as background.
(painted by Wang Keda)