Cave Diving, Cave Exploration and Cave Mapping in Yucatan, Mexico
Peacock at the Zoo in Syndey

Centro Ecologico Akumal Presents: An evening of discussion on karst and cave science and exploration in the Western Caribbean: Yucatan Peninsula, Puerto Rico & Cuba

I recieved the following invitation for a talk here in Akumal this Friday. I was instructed to pass it on. If you are in town, come and join us.

Friday May 23, 2008
Starting at 6:45 p.m. – ending by 8:45 p.m.

Recent expedition results from the Cayo Caguanes coastal area of Cuba

Pat Kambesis, Hoffman Institute, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA;
Like Lace, Cave Research Foundation (both).

Recent expeditions to Cuba’s Cayo Caguanes area are contributing to the knowledge of the coastal karst system there. This is a particularly interesting area for exploration, as the processes that created the explored karst and caves have not yet been fully explained. The Cayo Caguanes karst is of great environmental interest for the extensive and sensitive coastal ecosystems with which it is associated, from reefs to mangrove swamps.

Coastal Cave Development in Puerto Rico

Mike Lace, Cave Research Foundation (CRF).
Pat Kambesis, Hoffman Institute, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, USA, and CRF.

A detailed examination of cave resources on Puerto Rico, and nearby Isla de Mona, has revealed abundant and varied examples of coastal speleogenesis on these complex carbonate island platforms. Isla de Mona harbors some of the largest documented caves formed by saltwater/freshwater mixing zone dissolution in the world. On the Puerto Rican mainland, prominent sea cave (littoral) development was noted in all coastal areas but previously undocumented examples of flank margin speleogenesis were also identified. Using detailed cave cartography and a new image analysis method, we have been able to differentiate coastal caves by the mechanisms which formed them in this and other island settings.

What’s the Point? Why we map caves

Aaron Addison, University GIS Coordinator, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA, & CRF.

Why do we survey caves? It is a lot of time and work under less than ideal conditions to map a cave. In the end, there is a method to the madness and this talk will explore how all the cave mapping activity is working towards a common goal of resource protection.

Formation of Quintana Roo’s Beach Ridge Caves

Simon Richards,

Based on the results of several years of exploration by Jim Coke and others, clues are beginning to emerge about some aspects of how these caves formed. Simon Richards will be describing observations in the caves and how these are interpreted in terms of cave formation.

Recent discoveries about the Yucatan cave hydrology and geochemistry

Patricia Beddows, Research Fellow, McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, Canada

The regional development plans include building at least 5 medium-sized cities along the length of the Caribbean coast. The increasing urbanization requires detailed knowledge of the aquifer and underground river networks for more sustainable management of water resources, waste disposal, and general environmental issues from the jungle to the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. This presentation will describe some of the recent scientific findings and discoveries about the cave hydrology and chemistry in part support by the Quintana Roo Speleological Survey (QRSS) with implications to designing environmental monitoring and development.

1 comment

1 John K { 05.25.08 at 8:07 pm }

Sounds like alot of interesting presentations. One presenter is from the University I attended. McMaster U in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada