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    KWI News:

  • Current Awardee for the 2013 William L. Wilson Memorial Scholarship:

    July 16, 2014


  • Release of Special Publication 17 - Carbon and Boundaries in Karst

    June 19, 2013

    This is a new electronic publication from the Karst Waters Institute, consisting of abstracts of the conference held January 7 through 13, 2013, Carlsbad, New Mexico. The focus of the meeting was on carbon (organic and inorganic) in karst and the technical sessions were organized to emphasize either a boundary or the processing of carbon. The electronic book can be downloaded for free.


  • NEW The Conduit

    June 30, 2010