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

Scientific Investigations Report 2020-5019
Edited by: Eve L. Kuniansky and Lawrence E. Spangler



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.

Suggested Citation

Kuniansky, E.L., and Spangler, L.E., eds., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, October 19–20, 2021: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5019, 147 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205019.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Acknowledgments
  • Virtual Agenda for Online Participation, U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop, October 19–20, 2021
  • Original Agenda for U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Workshop, Nashville, Tennessee, May 13–15, 2020
  • Abstracts—Programs in Karst
  • Abstracts—Karst in Tennessee
  • Abstracts—Agriculture and Karst Issues
  • Abstracts—Contaminant Transport in Karst
  • Abstracts—Geochemistry of Karst Systems
  • Abstracts—Tracers in Karst
  • Abstracts—Karst Hazards
  • Abstracts—Geologic Framework of Karst Systems
  • Abstracts—Geophysical Methods in Karst
  • Abstracts—Karst Geomicrobiology
  • Abstracts—Karst Aquifer Systems
  • Abstracts—Simulation of Karst Aquifers
  • Karst Interest Group Field Trip Guide to the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey Karst Interest Group Proceedings, October 19–20, 2021
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2020-5019
DOI 10.3133/sir20205019
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Water Availability and Use Program
Description iv, 147 p.
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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