The Devon Karst Research Society.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME.

updated 07 January 2006.


 This page is a permanent point of additional access (link-page) for re-directing visitors to all Homepages of Educational value.


INTRODUCTION :
Whilst not having a formal Educational Programme, the Society recognizes the general need for and the role of education in respect of the multi-disciplinary science of karstology. In the UK. where, alarmingly, the study of any of the pure and applied sciences is now increasingly being regarded as being "out of fashion", the requirement for education in the karst-related sciences could be determined as being "desperately needed". It seems easier for the masses to acquire a degree or other qualification in a "non-subject" of no practical use, warranting the minimum of effort, with no practical skills needed in the effort and none resulting from the effort. The decline of scientific study
Karstology, the multi-disciplinary Science of the Study of Karst, via the applied sciences, has a unique lure all its own. Its pursuit can lead to a lifelong and sometimes passionate involvement with speleology (and the speleo-sciences), geology (and the geo-sciences), chemistry, physics, biology, hydrology, hydrography, geography, geomorphology, morphogenetics, etc. etc., as applied to the study of one of the most dynamic natural environments in the world - KARST. What better and easier way for the brain to learn effortlessly than when driven by the passion of the heart and the motivation of always desperately wanting to know more about one's subject. Such is the science of Karstology and its sub-science Speleology.

The object of this Web-page is to re-direct the interested visitor to other specific locations in our Website which offer particular areas of educational interest or relevance. Such educational interest may range from the recreational level to the more seriously academic. Certain Web-pages have already been designed with intrinsic educational attributes or contain Links to educational documents for certain users. The use of bibliographical references is employed throughout.


SECTION 1.    BONE CAVES OF PLYMOUTH AND DISTRICT.
Please note that many of the images in these web-pages are Copyright and should not be published by anyone without prior written permission of the Society.

Selecting the Link below to the Bone Caves of Plymouth and District Homepage will take you via further Links into a whole range of pages connected with the CATTEDOWN BONE CAVES in Plymouth. For a number of years up until 2004, this U.K. Project has only been intermittently activated on a practical basis but has now been reactivated in what will be one of the largest and most publicised karstological projects the Society has ever undertaken. Up until this time, during the project's lengthy period of relative inactivity, it was decided that the records and archives of the Project, which are of great educational and academic value, should be made available for Public consumption. The Web-pages connected with this Project offer considerable insight into one of the most amazing archaeological and palaeontological cave excavations ever undertaken in the UK. There is now a growing interest in those Victorian cave excavations, with the importance of the anthropological implications of the hominin discoveries only now beginning to be realised.

Click on the Link below for the
Bone Caves of Plymouth and District, (Homepage).

The Bone Caves of Plymouth and District Webpages are of relevance to those with a specific interest in :-

.....ANTHROPOLOGY;
.....CATTEDOWN, (PLYMOUTH) AND ITS CAVES and KARST;
.....CAVE and KARST HERITAGE IN PLYMOUTH, UK.;
.....CAVE FOSSIL ASSEMBLAGES;
.....CAVES and KARST OF PLYMOUTH, UK.;
.....KARST ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE;
.....KARST PALÆO-ENVIRONMENTS;
.....ORESTON, (PLYMOUTH) AND ITS CAVES and KARST;
.....PALÆO-ANTHROPOLOGY;
.....REGISTERED CAVE FOSSIL COLLECTIONS;
.....SPELEO-ARCHÆOLOGY (cave archæology);
.....SPELEO-HISTORY;
.....SPELEO-VERTEBRATE PALÆONTOLOGY;
.....STONEHOUSE, (PLYMOUTH) AND ITS CAVES and KARST;
.....THE CATTEDOWN HOMININS;
.....THE FOSSIL RECORD;
.....TURNCHAPEL, (PLYMOUTH) AND ITS CAVES and KARST;
.....VICTORIAN CAVE EXCAVATIONS IN PLYMOUTH, UK.;
.....VICTORIAN CAVE EXCAVATORS;


SECTION 2.    THE KARSTOGRAPHY OF THE DINARIC KARST IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA.

Selecting the Link below to the Karstography of the Dinaric Karst in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Homepage) will take you into an encyclopaedic and illustrated coverage of caves and karst in this wonderful country. The Homepage for the main subject provides an organized approach via many Links to each of the karst areas under description, currently in the early stages oif construction. All the Webpages connected with this subject will share a similar presentational layout and technical approach and will provide a much needed continuity when accessing this plethora of information. This part of the Society's Website is only now coming on-line from December 2005 and will develop over the forthcoming years.

Click on the Link below for the
Karstography of the Dinaric Karst in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Homepage).

The Karstography of the Dinaric Karst in Bosnia and Herzegovina Webpages are of relevance to those with a specific interest in :-

.....ADRIATIC SEA CATCHMENT AREA;
.....AUSTRO-HUNGARIAN IMPERIAL KARST ENGINEERS;
.....BALKAN GEOGRAPHY;
.....BALKAN KARSTOGRAPHY;
.....BLACK SEA CATCHMENT AREA;
.....BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA;
.....DINARIC KARST;
.....DINARIC MOUNTAINS;
.....ESTAVELLES;
.....HISTORICAL KARSTOLOGY IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA;
.....KARST ENGINEERING HERITAGE OF AUSTRO-HUNGARY IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA;
.....KARST HYDROLOGY and HYDROGEOLOGY;
.....KARST MELIORATION;
.....KARST POLJA;
.....KARST PONOR MILLS;
.....PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY;
.....PHYSICAL KARSTOGRAPHY;
.....KARST PONORS;
.....KARST SPRINGS;
.....SPELEOLOGY.


SECTION 3.    HIDDEN OR BURIED KARST FEATURES WITHIN THE LIMESTONES OF THE CITY OF PLYMOUTH.

Selecting the Link below to the Homepage of the Hidden or Buried Karst Features within the Limestones of the City of Plymouth, will offer you access to a series of further Links, each dedicated to a particular topic, which, as the Homepage Title suggests, deals in some detail with karst and cave features which are either hidden from view or are buried at various locations in the narrow belt of the Plymouth Limestones.
Some of the information in this Section has been drawn from that held in the Society's Document Archives. In such cases the information presented has previously had to be subjected to a very careful process of editing. This has been done in order to overcome the Society's problems of Web-publishing some of the very interesting documentation we have been given over many years but which has had a measure of confidentiality attached to the original conditions of donation. The selected topics have been drawn from documents which have time-cleared any copyright issues, have no current active relevance and in which all identity of the original donors has been removed.

Click on the Link below for the
Hidden or Buried Karst Features within the Limestones of the City of Plymouth.

The Hidden or Buried Karst Features within the Limestones of the City of Plymouth Webpages are of relevance to those with a specific interest in :-

.....GEOPHYSICAL SURVEYING ON KARST;
.....KARST PONORS;
.....PALAEOKARST;
.....SPELEOLOGY;
.....THE WEST HOE CAVE SYSTEM;

More to follow

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