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President's Newsletter #34


As promised, in the previous President’s Newsletter No. 33, a copy of the latest draft of the “Recommended Guidelines for the Development and Management of Show Caves” is attached to the emails of ISCA members.

It is important that I stress that this document is very much a living document, and that it is still being written. This document will be a production of ISCA, and it is important that it is adopted by the Association at the coming Congress in November, 2014. The purpose of sending you a copy of the draft at this stage, is to let each one of our members see the format and content of this proposed document in good time before the General Assembly in November, 2014.

As also promised in the previous President’s Newsletter No. 33, a copy of the final draft will be sent to you on Friday, 17th October, 2014. Time will be allocated during the General Assembly in November, 2014, for a full discussion on this important document.

What I can assure you is that the attached draft is the culmination of a tremendous amount of work, not only by myself, but also by the diversified Task Force team that has been assisting me with this draft. The attached draft is only a small fraction of what has been written, and worked, and reworked.

Every effort has been made to produce a set of Guidelines that will serve ISCA well. I believe that all the concerns that were raised in 2010, and since, have been addressed and remedied.

It is critical that ISCA adopts a set of acceptable guidelines in November, 2014. The world of caves is waiting for this to happen. We cannot expect the world to wait for another four years.

Feel free to contact me direct if you see anything in this draft that concerns you.



It is with great pleasure that I can announce that the ISCA Board of Directors have approved the holding of an ISCA Conference in Oman in the months of October and/or November, 2016. The Conference is tentatively proposed to be held over five days. More details about this exciting event will be provided in the near future.



A great Regional Meeting is currently being planned for October, 2015, and hopefully this meeting will be approved by the ISCA Board of Directors in October, 2014. This meeting will have to be renamed an “ISCA Meeting” if the proposal to change the name of this type of meeting is approved by the General Assembly on 3rd November, 2014. Stand by for more news about this proposed meeting.



Those of you planning to attend the coming Congress at Jenolan Caves, over 2nd to 8th November, 2014, must be getting excited by now. For those of you still thinking about it, you need to jump into gear and contact Dan Cove at dan.cove@jenolancaves.org.au as time is starting to run short. I am looking forward to seeing you there.

added: 19. September 2014 | author: Summers David | views: 2304


04. July 2018

Kungur Ice Cave - An invitation

"Pearl" of Russia. The current 2018 became significant for Russia. Holding the FIFA World Cup positively influenced economy of many regions of our country. Eleven cities of the Russian Federation accepting athletes and fans from around the world. Majority of them want not only to visit football matches, but also to get acquainted with nearby sights. Doesn't stand aside, the mislaid in Perm Krai, small and cosy city Kungur and the well-known Kungur Ice cave. Located in 300 km from Yekaterinburg, the city Kungur joined the cities-participants of the World Cup. From it tourists go to the Ice cave, having brought so various geography in visits statistics. It is possible indefinitely to list the countries residents which visited for these days the kingdom of eternal winter: Mexico, Peru, Australia, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, China, USA, India, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, France … Foreign tourists and citizens of Russia, having visited the Kungur ice cave, often can't express that delight which covers them after the excursion on the fantastic underground world. What is surprising and unique in the Kungur Ice cave? In what it is one and only? First, in variety of forms of ice which are presented in the cave in more than 100 kinds. Secondly, an availability of long-term ices, which age is several hundreds of years, in spite of the fact that the cave is on an insignificant elevation mark. Thirdly, the cave length, it takes the fifth place on extent among caves of a plaster karst. Fourthly, there are several long and volume grottoes, that isn't characteristic of plaster caves. Fifthly, exotic contrast, during the summer period, from a heat in + 30 degrees outside to the subzero temperature of underground halls. This list of factors which characterize fantastic space can be listed infinitely, but as the popular Russian wisdom says "A picture is worth a thousand words". Welcome to the Kungur Ice cave!!! Ekaterina Noskova

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Cave Prehistory Resources

blogger: Darricau Joëlle
Dear Cave Prehistory fans, if you are interested in cave prehistory literature, feel free to search under this link: http://www.ifrao.com/robert-g-bednarik/r-g-bednarik-library/

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