Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter

Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter

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Commission on Volcanic Caves Newsletter
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Union International de Spéléology (UIS) Commission on Volcanic Caves e-NEWSLETTER
International Union of Speleology
International Union of Speleology (Working Group on Volcanic Caves)
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Contents: Message from the vice chairman -- More martian caves -- Another cave on Pavonis Mons -- Obituary: Dr. Ronald Greeley -- National Geographic descents into Þríhnúkagígur, Iceland -- Photo gallery -- Guide to volcanic caves of Kilimanjaro -- 15th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology -- Speleo calendar.
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No. 62 (2011)
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Contents: Message from the vice chairman --
More martian caves --
Another cave on Pavonis Mons --
Obituary: Dr. Ronald Greeley --
National Geographic descents into rhnkaggur, Iceland
Photo gallery --
Guide to volcanic caves of Kilimanjaro --
15th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology --
Speleo calendar.


http://www.uis Message from the Vice Chairman ....... ... ...... .... 3 More Martian Caves ............... .. .... ....... .. ........ 4 Another Cav e on Pavonis Mons ....... .. .... .. ...... 6 Obituary: Dr. Ronald Greeley............. ....... ... .... 7 National Geographic De s cends into rhnkaggur, Iceland................................ .. .. 9 Photo Gallery................................................ .. 10 Guide to Volcanic Caves of Kilimanjaro........ .. 14 15 th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology.. ... 17 Speleo Calendar.............................................. 23



In regards to this e newsletter, I have struggling to make everyone happy. I appreciate all comments and criticisms as we try to make this e newsletter as good as possible. I will continue to make changes and improvements as the comments roll in. I have attempted to develop a "printer friendly" version of the newsletter for those of you who wan t paper copies. I understand that all of the colorful borders and blocks eat up your printer's ink. Thankfully, Adobe Photoshop makes it easy for me to use templates and layers to prepare two versions of the e newsletter: the full color online version and a "printer friendly" version that is almost black & white. I have chosen to leave the photos in color for the "printer friendly" version. This way you can still print the nice photos in color but not consume all of your printer's ink on extraneous color borders. Let me know what you think. Cheers, Harry Marinakis Greetings to the Commission: Th e 1 5 th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology in Amman, Jordan is only four months away. The front page of the web site of Hashemite University h as a link in the lower right corner to details of the symposium, tours and registration Here is the link: Please note that some of the contact information for Dr. Ahmad Al Malabeh ha s been updated. The information contained on the web site, and this newsletter, reflects the updated information. Also, this is a friendly reminder to please get those symposium abstracts to Dr. Ahmad Al Malabeh as soon as possible. Please check you passports, visas and airline reservations. We will see you Amman!


More Martian Caves HiRISE Cameras reveal more pits and caves on the Pavonis Mons volcano The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment HiRISE camera is a 0.5 meter reflecting telescope onboard the spacecraft Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter MRO. Resolution is about 1 foot. Earlier this year, the HiRISE camera found a pit shown above on the slopes of the Pavonis Mons volcano. Later this year HiRISE will obtain a stereo image of this pit. A detailed view of the pit follows. The original article is available on the HiRISE website at: 1_1840


A detailed view of the pit on the Pavonis Mons volcano on Ma rs. The skylight is 35 meters 115 feet in diameter. The shadow cast on the floor of the cave suggests a depth of 20 meters 65 feet according to scientists. http://


Another Cave on Pavonis Mons The HiRISE camera took detailed photos of another lava pit on the. southeastern flank of Pavonis Mons volcano located in the Tharsis Region of Mars. The col lapse pit is about 180 meters at its widest diameter. The floor of the pit slopes downward towards the northwest, suggesting that is the direction of the cave. The original article is available on the HiRISE website at: 1_1795


He was preceded in death by daughter Vanessa Greeley. He is also survived by two bro thers, Tom Ruth Greeley of Mobile, AL and Dennis Gail Greeley of C handler, AZ and their families. Ron graduated from high school in Gulfport, MS, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in geology from Mississippi State University, and his doct orate from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Ron was a planetary geologist and Regent s Professor at Arizona State University He has been involved in lunar and planetary missions since 1967 when he worked at NASA s Ames Research Center in preparation f or the Apollo missions to the Moon. His research in planetary geology has contributed significantly to our understanding of planetary bodies within our solar system. Ron began teaching at ASU in 1977 with a joint professorship in the Department of Geology and the Center for Meteorite Studies. He was a pioneer in the planetary geology field, served as the director of the NASA ASU Regional Planetary Image Facility and principal investigator of the Planetary Aeolian Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. Ronald Greeley, 72, passed away unexpectedly in his Tempe, Arizona home on October 27, 2011 Ron was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was the son of the late Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Graf Greeley. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Cynthia Cindy Mood y Greeley, his son Randall Lidiette Greeley of Mesa, AZ and grandchildren Thomas Greeley of Mesa, Rebecca Houston Tanner of Provo, Utah, and Jennifer Greeley of Mesa.


Dr. Greeley served on and chaired many NASA and National Academy of Science panels and he was involved in nearly every major space probe mission flown in the solar system since the Apollo Moon landings. Mission projects included the Galileo mission to Jupiter, Viking mission to Mars, Mars Pathfinder mission, Mars Global Surveyor, the Mars Explo ration Rovers, and the European Mars Express mission. He was an Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge University, England and a Research Fellow of the University of London Observatory, London, England Ron always enjoyed the outdoors and loved ca mping, canoeing, white water rafting and traveling with his family. A celebration of Ron s life will be he ld on Monday, November 7 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 2707 S. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85282 corner of College and Alameda. All are w elcome. Visitation is 2:30 to 3:45 with the memoria l service beginning at 4:00 pm. Interment will be in Gulfport, MS at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial do nations to the ASU Foundation for the Ronald Greeley Memorial Endowment, c/o School of Earth and Space Exploration P O Box 871404 Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287 1401


National Geographi c Descends into rhnkaggur Iceland In September 2010 rni B. Stefnsson and Jan Paul van der Pas descend ed in rhnkaggur in Iceland as part of the National Geographic expedition see the commission's e Newsletter No. 59, November 2010. National Geographic published photos and video of this expedition online at the following web site: ws/2011/04/pictures/110407 volcano first descent magma chamber geographic lava iceland/ The enormous size of the volcanic chamber is diffic ult to comprehend. In one of the photos you can see the yellow basket used to haul people up and down the 120 meter 400 foot drop. The photo to the left is from the National Geographic 2010 rni and Jan Paul were prohibited from taking photos inside of the cave. The photo below is courtesy of Gunnhilda Stefnsdttir.


P HOTO G ALLERY C APTIONS A : Japanese cavers. Photo by Takayoshi Katsumata. B: Rwanda Lava Caves 2007 Michael Laumanns Germany, expedition leader, and in the back ground our driver, guide, translator and much more Francis. He is now the only guy in Rwanda who has seen all known cave entrances. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. C: Rwanda Lava Caves 2007 Michael Laumanns Germany taking a GPS reading. The spectators believe he is talking to high ranking officials. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. D: Rwanda Lava Caves 2007 In the Kibumbu Crat er. Cutting a way through the bush, looking for and finding caves. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. F : Rwanda Lava Caves 2007. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. E: Rwanda Lava Caves 2007 A possible relic of the Rwanda civil war. Photo by Jan Paul va n der Pas. G: Rwanda Lava Caves 2007 Lave tube in a tube. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. H: Bones very deep in the Ubovumo Cave system. Photo by Jan Paul van der Pas. P UBLICATIONS R ECEVIED BY THE C OMMISSION Aregentine Speleological Group GEA Bulletin #51 April 2011 Available for download at : gea/BOLGEA51.pdf?attredirects =0&d=1


G U IDE TO THE V OL CANIC C AVES OF K ILIMANJARO Jim W. Simons and Clive Ward of the Cave Exploration Group of East Africa CEGEA just published a new guide to the volcanic caves of Kilimanjaro. The guide incluldes updates from the 2011 Mount Kilimanjaro Expedition see the c ommission's e newsletter No. 59, November 2010. We area also happy to inform you that a new issue of the CEGEA Bulletin "Speleophant" has also been published, the first issue since 1982. Guide to the Volcanic Caves of Kilimanjaro computer generated pamphlet, 34 pages with 11 color plates. Price is K.Shs. 1,800 plus shipping. Speleophant Volume 7 2010, computer generated pamphlet, 33 pages with various black and white photos and maps Price is K.Shs. 1,200 plus shipping. To purchase, c ontact: Jim W. Simons




P UBLICATIONS R ECEVIED BY THE C OMMISSION New Paper on Icelandic lava tubes By M. Detay and B. Hroarsson Published in Ita lian in "Le Scienze," the Italian edition of the "Scientific American".


XV International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology Amman, Jordan March 15 22, 2012 Argentine Congress of Speleology IV & First Latin American Congress of Speleology Malargue, Mendoza € Argentina April 1 8, 2012 16 th International Congress of Speleology Brno, Czech Republic July 21 28, 2013


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