Hypogene Speleogenesis and Karst Hydrogeology of Artesian Basins

International Conference "Hypogene Speleogenesis and Karst Hydrogeology of Artesian Basins"

We hope that those of you interested in the topic have already made plans to attend it.
Please, be aware that deadline for preliminary registration and abstracts is extended till September 30, 2008.
The 2nd Circular will be distributed by October 30, 2008
Manuscripts due – November 30, 2008Revised, camera-ready copy of accepted manuscripts due – February 28, 2009

Sending your early preliminary registration or notice of interest will help plan and organize the event. (please, contact: institute@speleoukraine.net)

Conference Proceedings Publication:

In view of the newness and importance of the theme, publication of Conference Proceedings will be an important step in consolidating the knowledge and experience in this field and will form an important reference point in karst and cave science in general. The organizers will publish the Proceedings by the beginning of the Conference. Further information and requirements for preparation of manuscripts will be distributed in the Second Circular.
The Conference will be held in May 2009 in Western Ukraine (Chernivtsy), an internationally recognized model region of hypogenic speleogenesis in stratified artesian settings. The region hosts the world's largest gypsum maze caves. Field excursions through karst areas of Bukovina, Pridnestrovskaja Podolia and Pokutje between and after scientific sessions will offer a unique opportunity for participants to familiarize themselves with a spectrum of evolutionary types of karst presented in the region. Field trips will serve to illustrate scientific and practical issues of hypogenic speleogenesis, karst hydrogeology of artesian basins and engineering geology of covered karst.

Topics to be covered include:

- Nature of hypogenic speleogenesis and its place in karst and cave science;
- Hypogene speleogenesis in various geological, tectonic and hydrogeological settings;
- Karst hydrogeology of artesian basins: regional and intermediary systems, groundwater resources, methods of study;
- Hydrodynamics of stratified confined systems containing soluble beds;
- Conceptual and numerical modeling of hypogene speleogenesis;
- Hydrogeochemical processes of hypogene speleogenesis, mechanisms of dissolution of carbonates and evaporites in hypogene settings;
- Morphogenesis of hypogenic caves;
- Formations and minerals of hypogenic caves;
- Evolution of karstogenetic settings, evolutionary types of karst, landscapes of covered karst;
- Deep-seated karst features: hypogene speleogenesis or epigenic paleokarst?
- Geoenvironmental problems of artesian and covered karst regions;
- Role of hypogene speleogenesis in the formation of oil, gas and ore deposits.

The conference is being organized under auspices of the UIS Commission on Karst Hydrogeology and Speleogenesis and the IGCP-513 Project, within the programme of the International Year of the Planet Earth.

The organizers are:
The Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology,
National Cave and Karst Research Institute (USA),
Chernivtsy and Tavrichesky universities (Ukraine),
Silesian University (Poland),
Institute of Geological Sciences NASU (Ukraine)

Event details
2nd Circular

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