BCRA Caves and Karst online seminars

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BCRA Caves and Karst online seminars

Post by David Gibson » Sat 09 Jan 2021 13:16

BCRA is arranging a series of monthly online seminars for 2021 in support of the International Year of Caves and Karst (IYCK).

The first talk in this series is planned for Monday 8th February 2021 at 19:30 GMT. To join the Zoom meeting for this talk please go to bcra.org.uk/seminars2021.html

Monday 8th February 2021. "One in a million: new insights into the Pleistocene fossil sequence from Westbury Cave, Somerset" by Danielle Schreve, Professor of Quaternary Science, Royal Holloway University of London. This talk will highlight the important resources contained within cave sediments and how the information that can be gained from these sediments can aid our understanding of fast changing palaeo-environments and palaeo-climates during glacial/interglacial episodes. Understanding the past is key to our understanding of the future!

Monday 8th March 2021. "Castleton, Derbyshire: The world's most complicated simple karst hydrological system?" by John Gunn, Honorary Professor, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham. This talk will examine the complexities of underground water movement in limestone areas and will show how data collected within caves contributes to understanding the flow from springs and flow in the rivers that they supply.

IYCK is an initiative of the International Union of Speleology (UIS) which aims to use the year to increase understanding of caves and karst both amongst cavers and amongst the wider community. For more information just type IYCK into your browser. BCRA and BCA are partners in the project and, as a contribution to the IYCK, BCRA will be arranging a series of online seminars that will emphasise the scientific importance of caves and karst and ways in which BCRA supports cave research. The intention is to run the seminars on the second Monday of each month commencing in February.

If you would like to offer a talk on a science topic that you think would be of interest to a broad caver audience then please contact John Gunn (see https://bcra.org.uk/contact.html) with a title and a few words about your suggested content.
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