Location

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Event Website

http://nckms2013.businesscatalyst.com/.

Start Date

11-4-2013

End Date

11-8-2013

Abstract

Rats Nest Cave is a Provincial Historic Site whose mandate is to present its natural history to the public. In addition to a suite of interpretive messages, and relevant to this conference’s topic, we have addressed diverse climate change over the geological history of the cave. We start with the cave-hosting rock and the fossils it contains, to its origin along a thrust fault, ending with its enlargement and secondary mineralization during the Quaternary glaciations (the latter having been dated by radiometric methods). We have undertaken a program of speleothem remediation which, visible to the public, serves to reinforce the conservation and sustainability message emphasizing the importance of caves to society.

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Nov 4th, 9:00 AM Nov 8th, 5:00 AM

Cave And Climate Change: Educating The Public At Rats Nest Cave, Alberta, Canada

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Rats Nest Cave is a Provincial Historic Site whose mandate is to present its natural history to the public. In addition to a suite of interpretive messages, and relevant to this conference’s topic, we have addressed diverse climate change over the geological history of the cave. We start with the cave-hosting rock and the fossils it contains, to its origin along a thrust fault, ending with its enlargement and secondary mineralization during the Quaternary glaciations (the latter having been dated by radiometric methods). We have undertaken a program of speleothem remediation which, visible to the public, serves to reinforce the conservation and sustainability message emphasizing the importance of caves to society.

http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/nckms_2013/Proceedings/ShowCaves_Interpretation_and_Biology/2