Welcome to the GSA Karst Division

The Karst Division (KD) was formally approved by GSA Council in December 2015. In the U.S., rocks with the potential to be karstic occur in every one of the 50 states, and approximately 18% of their area is underlain by soluble rocks either having karst or the potential for its development (Weary and Doctor 2014). Portions of major cities and innumerable smaller cities are underlain by karst (e.g., St. Louis, MO; Nashville, TN; Birmingham, AL; Austin, TX; Louisville, KY). According to Veni and colleagues (2001), karst terrane underlies approximately 25% of the global land surface. Ford and Williams (1989) estimated that “25% of the global population is supplied largely or entirely by karst waters” and approximately 1.5 billion people live in karstic terrain."

GSA, with its multidisciplinary geosciences scope and large, international membership, is helping to bring prominence to karst science and to provide a scientific focal point for karst researchers across the disciplines.


  • Karst Division Awards

    GSA Karst Division Awards

    The GSA Karst Division encourages and recognizes excellence in scholarship and service through the following awards and research grants. See below for the application/award deadlines for each category of award.  

    The GSA Karst Division Meritorious Contribution Award (DUE JUNE 15, 2021)
    Awarded to the author of a published paper or body of work of distinction that has significantly influenced the intellectual direction of karst or broadly enhanced the knowledge of the discipline.

    The GSA Karst Division Young Scientist Award (DUE JUNE 15, 2021)
    Awarded to a distinguished scientist (35 or younger throughout the year in which the award is to be presented or within 5 years of their highest degree or diploma) for outstanding achievement in contributing to the karst profession through original research and service, and for the demonstrated potential for continued excellence throughout their career. 

    The GSA Karst Division Distinguished Service Award (DUE JUNE 15. 2021)
    Awarded as a highly esteemed award in recognition of distinguished personal service to the karst profession and to the Karst Division.

     Nomination/submission details available in the Karst Discussion Column.

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