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 -- News WoMOVoC -- Photo gallery -- Publications received -- 15th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology -- Speleo calendar.
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No. 63 (2012)
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Contents: Message from the Vice Chairman --
News WoMOVoC --
Photo gallery --
Publications received --
15th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology --
Speleo calendar.


Union Internationale de Splologie UIS Commission on Volcanic Caves e N EWSLETTER N 63 February 201 2 o


http://www.uis Message from the Vice Chairman ....... ... ...... .... 3 News.............................................................. 4 WoMOVoC ....................................................... 5 Photo Gallery................................................ .. 6 Publications Received...................................... 8, 9 15 th Int'l Symposium on Vulcanospeleology.. ... 10 Speleo Calendar.. ............... ............................. 16 No. 63 February 201 2 The Commission on Volcanic Caves N ewsletter has been published q uarterly since December 22, 1993. The Newsletter is available free of charge to all members of the c o mmission, and to others who are i nterested in lava caves.

PAGE 3 wrhbna@bell MISSION STATEMENT Th e U.I.S. Commission on Volcanic C aves encourages exploration and sc ientific investigation of volcanic caves, and hosts the International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology about every two ye ars. COVER PHOTO A n a ctive eruption during the 1969 1971 Mauna Ulu eruption of Kilauea Volc ano, Hawai i Volcanoes National Par k, Hawai i. Photo by J.B. Judd, October 21, 1970 Photo is courtesy of the U. S Geologic al Survey U.S.G.S.


Greetings to the Commission: Th e 1 5 th International Symp osium on Vulcanospeleology in Amman, Jordan is right around the corner The front page of the web site of Hashemite University has a link in the lower right corner to details of the symposium, tours and registration Here is the link: If you have not already done so, please send Prof. Dr. Ahmad Al Malabeh your flight information regarding your arrival into Amman. Currently there are plans to have everyone stay in the same hotel to facilitate daily t ransportation to and from Hashemite University for the symposium. See you in Jordan! Cheers, Harry Marinakis Vice chairman Chris Wood April 4, 1947 January 19, 2012 It is with great sadness that we report the loss of our good friend Chris Wood, who died on January 19, 2012. A service was held in Dorset on January 31, 2012


In The News El Malpais National Monument New Mexico Our member Dave De cker reports good news about the lava cave closures at El Malpais National Monument. Since December 6, 2010 all caves in that area have been closed due to concerns about the spread of White Nose Syndrome WNS. David Hays is now the new Cave Resource Mana ger at El Malpais National Monument. Reportedly Mr. Hays plan s to reopen th e caves on a permit basis if WNS does not spread to that region of the U.S.A. An M emorandum of Agreement is being updated between the National Park S ervice NPS and the Nati o nal S peleological Society NSS. Hopefully the local chapter of the NSS, Sandia Grotto of Albuquerque will soon be able to r enew research and mapping trips. El Malpais National Monument is part of the Zuni Bandera Volcanic Field in the high desert of western New Mexico. Chris Wood April 4, 1947 January 19, 2012 Chris at the 13th Interna tional Symposium on Vulcanosp e leology in Jeju Island, Korea. A full obituary will appear in the next newsletter.


W o MOV o C World Most Outstanding Volcanic Caves Our friends from the Azores report that, a fter a long period of dormancy they are now able to resume the W o MOV o C project. The site is ready and the Montanheiros Association will assume de project management with the coordination of Joo Paulo Constncia. The idea of a world database for the most relevant volcanic caves was first presented during the XI International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, held in Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, in May 2004. GESPEA Azorean volcanic caves study group was established as the task force to accomplish the project. Therefore, in Tepotzlan, Mexico, at the XII Symposium, GESPEA group presented the concept and main principles for the WoMOVoC World Most Outstanding Volcanic Caves database. Two years later, in September 2008, attending the XIII International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology, in Jeju Island Korea, GESPEA group an nounced this website and presented the online database for the World Most Outstanding Volcanic Caves W oMO V o C


P HOTO G ALLERY C APTIONS A : Ric Elhard crawling behind some roots in a cave on Hawaii U.S.A. Photo copyright by Kenneth Ingham B : A collapse sink and lava caves in the Classic System of the Zuni Bandera Volcanic Field, New Mexico, U.S.A. Photo c opyright by Harry Marinakis. C : Terraced Cave, Mauna Loa Hawaii, U.S.A. Photo copyright by Dave Bunnell. D : Joke VanSweevelt coming around a corner in Hopkins Chocolate Cave, Lava Beds National Monument, C alifornia, U.S.A. This image won a green rib bon at the 2011 NSS print salon. Photo copyright by Kenneth Ingham. Publications Received by the Commission PIT CRATERS AND OPEN VERTICAL VOLCANIC CONDUITS OF EARTH AND MARS. HALLIDAY, William R. From the 2011 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. The Power Point presentation may be downloaded at this website: ogram/ab stract_189935.htm Occurrence and Absence Of Lava Tube Caves With Some Other Volcanic Cavities; a Consideration of Hu man Habitation Sites on Mars. W.R. Halliday 1,2, G. Favre 1,3, A. Stefansson 4, P. Whitfield 5 and N. Banks 6. From the 43rd Lu nar and Planetary Science Conference 2012.


PIERK Expedition Kilimanjaro Haelen, Netherlands January 2012 This is the expedition report also published in de Pierk magazine of the Speleo Nederland of the Caving Club of the Netherlands. The expedition attempted to explore and map the lava caves on the north slopes of Kibo, the main volcano on Mount Kilimanjaro. Of interest, the expedition attempted without significant success to search for lava caves via infrared ph otography. The expedition was conducted over 18 days fro m September 19, 2011 through October 6, 2011 The expedition leader w as Sjoerd van der Schuit. Copies of this report can be downloaded from this website: Publications Received by the Commission PIERK Expedition Kilimanjaro 17 pp. Dutch and English Paperback Color covers inside and out 32 color photographs 3 figures 17 cave maps




From the website: 15th Internatio n a l S y mposium on Vulcanospeleology The tentative plan at this time is to hold the symposium at Hashemite Universi ty in Jarka approximately 18 km from Amman. Lodging will be arranged in Amman as soon as the number of registrants is better known. Daily transporta tion between Amman and Jarka will be provided.


XV International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology Amman, Jordan March 15 22, 2012 www.vulca Lunar and Planetary Conference Houston, Texas March 19 23, 2012 12/ Argentine Cong ress 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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