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U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, October 19–20, 2021

October 18, 2021

Karst hydrogeologic systems represent challenging and unique conditions to scientists attempting to study groundwater flow and contaminant transport. Karst terrains are characterized by distinct and beautiful landscapes, caverns, and springs, and many of the exceptional karst areas are designated as national or state parks. The range and complexity of landforms and groundwater flow systems associated with karst terrains are enormous, perhaps more than any other type of aquifer.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Karst Interest Group (KIG), formed in 2000, is a loosely knit, grassroots organization of USGS and non-USGS scientists and researchers devoted to fostering better communication among scientists working on, or interested in, karst aquifers. The primary mission of the KIG is to encourage and support interdisciplinary collaboration and technology transfer among scientists working in karst areas. To accomplish its mission, the KIG has organized a series of workshops. To date (2021), eight KIG workshops, including the workshop documented in this report, have been held. This workshop is the first virtual workshop. The abstracts and extended abstracts provide a snapshot in time of past and current karst-related studies. The field trip guide is included in the proceedings volume even though the field trip will not occur in person.

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