21 people stand or sit in wheelchairs in front of fall foliage and an overlook of a valley.
The 2018 IAGD Accessible Field Trip participants at an overlook near Mammoth Cave National Park.

Each year, the IAGD coordinates an Accessible field trip for the Geological Society Annual meeting. This year, the IAGD field trip focused on the karst features of Kentucky, with stops at the sinkhole exhibit at the National Corvette Museum and Mammoth Cave National Park. It was wonderful to see so many new faces for this field trip!

Our first stop was the National Corvette Museum. For a quick refresher as to why this location is of geologic interest, check out this security camera footage from 2014 when a previously unknown cave collapsed beneath the main exhibit space: https://youtu.be/IukDWhf7U9I. Rather than fill in the hole and hope everyone forgot about it, the museum put in a state of the art exhibit about the collapse, the geologic context, the geophysical research that was conducted after the event, and the recovery of the cars and rebuilding of the display space. This is a uniquely accessible locality to observe a collapse structure as well as the human/infrastructure context of natural hazards.

More on this trip will be added soon!


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