|SINKHOLE CONFERENCE |
Below are some important reminders and news about the Sinkhole Conference.
But first, if you haven't registered, please do through https://sites.google.com/site/sinkholeconference2013/.
The conference will be held in Carlsbad, New Mexico, on 6-10 May. This is the most western location for this 29-year old conference series and the first to focus its field trips (as well as a special session) on evaporite karst. We have over 50 papers lined up covering nine countries and a dozen US states in topics of engineering, geology, land management, hydrogeology, GIS, and geophysics. Four workshops at the start of the conference also span those topics. This will be an incredible opportunity to visit with experts from around the world and see how they manage, fix, and prevent problems in their karst areas.
After you register, make sure you reserve your hotels as soon as possible. For well over a year, occupancy of Carlsbad hotels is generally exceeding 95% every day. It is often impossible to find a room at the last minute, and if you do, you will find it very expensive. Reserve your rooms now while they are available at good prices. Look under the "Carlsbad" tab for lodging information or go directly to https://sites.google.com/site/sinkholeconference2013/about-carlsbad/lodging
We have posted a new circular that summarizes the conference's activities under "Announcements," or you can directly reach it at https://sites.google.com/site/sinkholeconference2013/home/announcements. The circular has a registration form that can be mailed, faxed, or scanned and e-mailed in if you can't register on-line.
If you are planning to join any of the four workshops, read the new circular. It includes the times the workshops will be offered. Some of the workshops will run concurrently so if you are interested in more than one workshop, you'll be able to check to make sure they don't occur at the same time.
The Monday trip to WIPP (the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant) is filled. If you would still like to see this underground transuranic waste disposal facility (the only one in the US), there are a few spaces left on the Thursday trip so register soon before they are gone. Our thanks are extended to the good folks at WIPP for providing these trips.
If you have any questions about the conference, please let me know. Also, please share this message with anyone you know who may potentially be interested. Sinkholes have been in the US news a lot during the past couple of weeks, but this conference has been important in reducing their occurrence and damages by bringing together engineers, geologists, and land managers to prevent sinkholes and more effectively fix them when they occur.
George Veni, Ph.D.
National Cave and Karst Research Institute