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Geo 371C and Geo 391 -  KARST
 Upper level undergraduate / Graduate course



Professor Jack Sharp & Dr. Marcus Gary

Syllabus - (pdf)

Applied Karst Hydrogeology
GEO 371C / GEO 391

Course Description

Applied karst hydrogeology is an upper level undergraduate / graduate class taught as an introduction to karst groundwater theory with a special emphasis relating theory to practical application in the field.
A number of topics are covered in the class, including:

  1. Physical and chemical processes in karstification
  2. Speleogenesis of caves and karst aquifers
  3. Physical groundwater flow in karst aquifers
  4. Geochemical properties and variability of karst groundwater
  5. Mapping of karst recharge features
  6. Mapping of caves and geological features within caves
  7. Karst groundwater dye tracing
  8. Karst geophysics
  9. Integrated karst field studies
  10. Report writing of field studies

There are six weekend field trips planned, four are 1-day, and two are 2-day. An optional spring break trip to the Edwards Plateau caves and Carlsbad area caves may also be possible if there is sufficient interest.

Surveying cave passages in Mexico


Dye injection
Injecting dye into the Edward Aqufier


Laser scanning cave rooms in Mexico