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Nashville Chapter: Karst Seminar at Mammoth Cave, Kentucky
Saturday, October 01, 2022, 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
Category: Chapters

Scheduled Presentations By:
Cave Research Foundation
The Crawford Hydrology Laboratory
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ewers Water Consultants
Barge Design Solutions
Western Kentucky University Geology Dept.
Student Presentations

Time: Saturday October 1, 2022 12:00 PM – 10 PM at Hamilton Valley Center,
Sunday October 2, 2022 Cave/Hiking Tour, 10:00 AM – 1200 PM. Site to be Determined

Place: Hamilton Valley Research Center, 321 Hamilton Valley Road, Cave City, KY 42127
Phone: (270) 773-8995 (See Directions Attached to Email)

RSVP: REQUIRED - RSVP to Section Chair Katherine Clifton at [email protected] by 7:00
PM, Wednesday, September 28, 2022.


Cost: AEG Members: $25 Includes Dinner Sat and Breakfast Sun!
AEG Student Members: $10 There will be Door Prizes!

For AEG Members Only. If attending, please join AEG if you are not a member. AEG Student
Membership is now FREE! (local chapter dues of $10 are required). Please follow this link: and click on the orange membership tab if you are interested in becoming a
member of AEG. Your Abstract: This seminar will focus on the various aspects of karst, including caving, exploration
techniques and case studies. The presentations will be given by some of the best professionals in
the field. Students will be presenting their research and a career development seminar will be given
by several members of the AEG Young Professionals Committee to assist them in professional
employment skills. The Mammoth Cave area is a very complex karst terrain, with the St.
Genevieve and St. Louis Formations of Mississippian age forming the principal karst aquifers.
The dissolution conduits formed here are typical of most karst aquifers, forming a convergent flow
system, not unlike surface streams.
Flow velocities in the conduits range from 30 to 1300 feet per second, with the highest order
conduits commonly as much as 50 feet in width. On reaching the stratigraphically higher, more
soluble units, the streams sink near the margin of the sinkhole plain. From there the groundwater
flows in subsurface conduits through the upper St. Louis and St. Genevieve units, to emerge as
springs along the entrenched Green River.
More than 400 dye traces within an area comprising parts of twenty-two 7.5-minute quadrangle
maps have given us an unparalleled understanding of this karst area. Within it there are 22
groundwater/surface basins and major sub-basins. The groundwater dye tracing techniques used
in this area will be discussed along with their practical use.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS – Please see attached pdf. File with directions from I-65 northern
exit 53 and from I-65 southern exit 48