"Our world’s caves are places of wonder, mystery and majestic beauty. Show caves around the world are embracing their role in protecting and preserving caves and providing a place for people to learn about these special, natural, cultural and historical resources.

Show caves also play another important nature tourism role of sustainable economic development, providing jobs, and helping the economy of their regions.”

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The International Show Caves Association (I.S.C.A.) was founded in November 1990 and set up its central office in Genga, Italy. After the first Consitutent Assembly held in Frasassi (Genga Ancona, Italy) in November 1989, important events have contributed to the development and consolidation of the association.

Definition of a show cave

A show cave is defined as a natural occurring void beneath the surface of the earth that has been made accessible to the public for tours.

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Kungur Ice Cave - An invitation

04. July 2018 Kadebskaya Olga

"Pearl" of Russia. The current 2018 became significant for Russia. Holding the FIFA World Cup positively influenced economy of many regions of our country. Eleven cities of the Russian Federation accepting athletes and fans from around the world. Majority of them want not only to visit football matches, but also to get acquainted with nearby sights. Doesn't stand aside, the mislaid in Perm Krai, small and cosy city Kungur and the well-known Kungur Ice cave. Located in 300 km from Yekaterinburg, the city Kungur joined the cities-participants of the World Cup. From it tourists go to the Ice cave, having brought so various geography in visits statistics. It is possible indefinitely to list the countries residents which visited for these days the kingdom of eternal winter: Mexico, Peru, Australia, Spain, Lebanon, Brazil, China, USA, India, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal, France … Foreign tourists and citizens of Russia, having visited the Kungur ice cave, often can't express that delight which covers them after the excursion on the fantastic underground world. What is surprising and unique in the Kungur Ice cave? In what it is one and only? First, in variety of forms of ice which are presented in the cave in more than 100 kinds. Secondly, an availability of long-term ices, which age is several hundreds of years, in spite of the fact that the cave is on an insignificant elevation mark. Thirdly, the cave length, it takes the fifth place on extent among caves of a plaster karst. Fourthly, there are several long and volume grottoes, that isn't characteristic of plaster caves. Fifthly, exotic contrast, during the summer period, from a heat in + 30 degrees outside to the subzero temperature of underground halls. This list of factors which characterize fantastic space can be listed infinitely, but as the popular Russian wisdom says "A picture is worth a thousand words". Welcome to the Kungur Ice cave!!! Ekaterina Noskova

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ISO Commission on Karst

05. June 2018 Wuest Brad

We need to inform you that ISO voted in favor of creating the commission on karst. There is 1 more vote coming up on 23 June where ISO will decide if they want to change the proposal as they create a karst standardization committee. This is likely the last chance to deal with the matter. See the attached document on voting.

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ISCA 8th Congress Italy - Registration Update

05. June 2018 Altable Argüelles Ovidio

The early bird registration deadline was extended to the 30th of June 2018. See the updated form following the link.

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INTERNATIONAL DAY of CAVES and SUBTERRANEAN WORLD 2018

28. May 2018 Gazik Peter

The international show cave community organizes special events and offers during the International Day of Caves and Subterranean World, which is scheduled to the 6th of June. This idea and the date is gradually being accepted by increasing number of show caves around the world, many of them also being ISCA members. All those who haven't yet done so are welcome to join. The plan is to make this day also officially supported by UNESCO and first steps have already been done in this respect. (Press release linked to the headline)

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EuroSpeleo Forum 2018

10. May 2018 Gazik Peter

The EuroSpeleo Forum (ESF), Europe’s premier speleological event, is rapidly approaching. For those still to register for the Congress, we hope the information provided in this 3rd Circular (PDF) will encourage you to join the event in Ebensee, Austria, 23rd-26th August 2018. We would like to remember that early bird registration on our website will be open only until the end of May.

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Cuevatur 2018

10. May 2018 Gazik Peter

The Spanish Show Caves Congress, an event not to be missed, celebrates its seventh edition in La Vall d’Uixó, Castellón (Spain). CUEVATUR is the meeting point in which subterranean tourism experts can share and exchange experiences. This sector has become the spearhead of innovative and sustainable tourism, as well as a channel to revitalize rural regions by means of the use of their natural and cultural subterranean heritage.

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26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science

04. May 2018 Gazik Peter

We would like to inform you that the 26th International Karstological School "Classical Karst": Show Caves and Science will be held from 18th June, 2018 - 22nd June, 2018, in Postojna, Slovenia. Since 1993, the International Karstological School "Classical Karst" has been organised annually, covering many aspects of karst research. This year we will focus on research related to caves dedicated to tourism (show caves). The main aim is to present and discuss a wide range of speleological issues addressed by different scientific and technical disciplines that are deeply involved in sustainable show cave management (morphology, biology, meteorology, nature conservation...), the monitoring of natural conditions and tourist-related activities in show caves. We believe that there are many good and bad practices of adapting caves for tourism worldwide to discuss and to evaluate the role of science - at least at Classical Karst we have opportunity to share knowledge accumulated in nearly 200 years of using the Postojna Cave System for tourism.

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8th ISCA Congress - Frasassi Italy - Letter from President

04. May 2018 Wuest Brad

You are welcome to read our president's motivation letter.

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