Possible Urban Karst Field Trip
• Urban Karst of the Springfield, MO area.
• Springfield Missouri is located on a karst
plateau, commonly known as the Springfield
• The Springfield plateau consists of a stack of
Mississippian aged limestones of several
hundred feet in thickness.
• The Springfield area has experienced fairly
rapid urbanization over the past 25 years,
resulting in numerous problems associated
with the interface between surface
development and the underlying karst.
• America’s first National River, Buffalo National
River was established to preserve a very scenic
free-flowing stream in the southern Ozarks.
• A significant section of the Buffalo River has
come under threat from animal wastes as a
result of the construction of a large Confined
Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) along a
• The CAFO is entirely on karst.
• The field trip will discuss this issue as well as
an overview of the karst development in this
• A geologic float trip down the Buffalo River
• Cave Gating Basics
• Cave Databases
• Introduction to Dye Tracing
• Introduction to bat acoustic survey