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NYC - Public Lecture Series feat. Dr. George Veni

Karst: Explore the Hidden Quarter of Planet Earth

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

Perhaps the most fascinating, weirdly beautiful, and least known landscape on Earth, karst covers about 25% of the globe’s land area but few have heard of it. Fewer know what it is. Karst is a strange landscape, and much of it hides underground as caves. Karst swallows the flows of rivers and gushes them back to the surface far away. Karst is home to unique and bizarre life forms. Karst holds the biggest keys to unlocking the mysteries of past climates to best predict future climate. Karst protects one-of-kind artifacts from long-ago peoples. Karst is the holy land, not just physically but also spiritually to past and present cultures. Karst is the most vulnerable terrain on Earth to environmental problems—changes in one area can literally cause the ground to fall out from beneath your feet in another.

Dr. George Veni is the Executive Director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) and an internationally recognized hydrogeologist specializing in caves and karst terrains. Prior to NCKRI, for more than 20 years he owned George Veni and Associates, a karst environmental consulting firm. He has conducted extensive karst research and explored caves throughout the United States and in many other countries for nearly 40 years. His explorations include river caves, ice caves, thermal caves, bat caves, beautiful crystalline caves, dangerously polluted caves, mazes, deep shafts, huge chambers, and cave archaeological sites. He is the Vice President of Administration for the International Union of Speleology. Three cave-dwelling species have been named in his honor. He has published and presented 210 papers, including four books, on hydrogeology, biology, and environmental management in karst terrains, and lectures internationally on the topics.

Date: 05/18/2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

Student Ticket Price:

Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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