Professional Development Activities



Workshops | Field Trips | Mentoring Program

Scientist Led Field Trips


Program uses Korean standard time and is 9 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+9)

PD01: Yeongyeon Cave and Seong-Ryu Cave Monitoring
Tuesday, 25 June 2024 (All Day)
SGD 190 Per Person
40 Attendees Maximum
PD02: Baeng-nyong Cave
Wednesday, 26 June 2024 (Half Day – PM)
SGD 150 Per Person
20 Attendees Maximum
PD03: Hantangang River UNESCO Global Geopark
Thursday, 27 June 2024 (All Day)
SGD 190 Per Person
40 Attendees Maximum

Information


Program uses Korean standard time and is 9 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+9)

PD01 Yeongyeon Cave and Seong-Ryu Cave Monitoring
Tuesday, 25 June 2024 (All Day)
Group Size : 40 Maximum
Per Person Fee : 190.00 Singapore Dollars (Includes Lunch)
Guides: : Jasper WASSENBURG & Daniel M. CLEARY

Schedule
08:30 – 09:30 Transportation to Yeongyeon Cave & Seong-Ryu Cave from AOGS2024 Venue*
09:30 – 16:30 Tour of Yeongyeon Cave & Seong-Ryu Cave
16:30 – 17:30 Transportation back to AOGS2024 Venue*
*Exact Location TBC

Description

Yeongyeon Cave is a designated Gangwon-do monument. It is a dry natural limestone cave located in the highest area in the country on a limestone stratum and is a habitat for 38 species of rare creatures, including long-legged blind beetles. Scientific data from the Yeongyeon Cave monitoring program will be presented at the cave site. It will show how cave monitoring helps to interpret speleothem climate proxies.


Seong-Ryu Cave was designated as a Natural Monument in 1963 for its educational and natural values. This is a limestone cave with impressive speleothem formations. The cave contains a bat guano deposit that according to radiocarbon dating was deposited between 6000 and 150 years before present. The cave has 870 meters of passages with several pools with standing water that reflect ground water level.



Program uses Korean standard time and is 9 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+9)

PD02: Baeng-nyong Cave
Wednesday, 26 June 2024 (Half Day – PM)
Group Size : 20 Maximum
Per Person Fee : SGD 150 (Includes Lunch)
Guides: : Kyoung-Nam JO & Hee-Jung KIM

Schedule
13:00 – 14:30 Alpensia Resort to Ecological Experience Center for Baeng-nyong Cave
14:30 – 16:30 Guided Tour into Baeng-nyong Cave
16:30 – 18:00 Ecological Experience Center for Baeng-nyong Cave to Alpensia Resort

Description

Baeng-nyong Cave is located in Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do in South Korea. It is precisely located at the boundary of three counties (Pyeongchang-gun, Yeongwol-gun, and Jeongseon-gun). This is the only tourist cave for wild caving tour in South Korea, even though tourists walk over the horizontal passage with a little crawl at narrow passages.

Figure 1. Entrance (the white arrow) of the Baengnyong Cave at Dong River. (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea)

Figure 2. Dong River with karst landform near the Baengnyong Cave. (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea)

It is situated along Dong River surrounded by beautiful limestone karst area (Figs. 1 & 2). The Cave has been open to public past 8 years since 2010, and it has about 15,000 visitors annually. It is the cave that is still actively forming with beautifully decorated stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, anthodites and many kinds of other speleothems. During rainy season, the floor can be submerged by water from the Dong River through the collapsed hole connected to the river.

Figure 3. Carbonate speleothems at the large chamber in Passage A. (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea)

Figure 4. Stalactites, stalagmites, and columns in Passage A. (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea)

Most of the passages show domal in cross section showing the typical shape of vadose passage, even though other shapes are also observed. This cave has been mostly developed along joint planes, whereas some parts of the passages were influenced by strike directions of bedding planes. Cave sediments are mostly composed of muddy sediments with minor contributions of sands and gravels where cave streams are present. Mineralogically, quartz, calcite and illite are dominant minerals in cave sediments.

Various speleothems such as soda straws, stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flowstones, rimstones, cave pearls, curtains (and bacon sheets), helictites, anthodites, cave corals, cave shields, and calcite rafts, etc., are present. Especially, some stalactites and stalagmites with erratic shapes as well as fried-egg stalagmites are the most peculiar speleothems in this cave (Figs. 3-8).

All the distribution of the speleothems are described separately on the floor and on the wall and ceiling. Mineralogy and texture of the speleothems are shown only for the speleothems collected (already broken speleothems). Among the speleothems studied, soda straws, stalactites, stalagmites, rimstones, curtains and rafts are only composed of calcite, whereas cave corals and cave shields are either composed of calcite or of both calcite and aragonite.

Figure 5. Erratic stalagmite (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea).

Figure 6. Cave shield and column (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea).

Figure 7. Bacon sheet (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea).

Figure 8. Flowstone, stalactites, and stalagmites (copyright, Cave Research Institute of Korea).



Program uses Korean standard time and is 9 hours ahead of GMT (GMT+9)

PD03: Hantangang River UNESCO Global Geopark
Thursday, 27 June 2024 (All day)
Group Size : 40 Maximum
Per Person Fee : SGD 190 (Includes Lunch)
Guides: : Hee-Jung KIM & Kyoung-Nam JO

Schedule
07:30 – 11:00 Transportation to Yeoncheon from AOGS2024 Venue*
11:00 – 16:00 Jaein Falls, Jeongokri Paleolithic Site & Jeongokri Paleolithic Museum
16:30 – 19:30 Transportation back to AOGS2024 Venue
*Exact Location TBC

Description

The Hantangang River UGGp was designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2020. The Hantangang River Geopark is located between two tectonic segments - the Imjingang Belt and the Gyeonggi Massif - at the center of the Korean peninsula, giving way to the geodiversity of the Precambrian, Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks which contrasts with other UNESCO Global Geoparks. The most important feature of the Hantangang River Geopark is the Quaternary lava plateau distributed both in South and North Korea through the DMZ. The Hantangang River is a linearly developed stream system along the Chugaryeong Fault System. It shows a unique topography formed by the combination of geological structures, volcanic topography, and river terrain formed by basalt lava flowing along the paleo-channel, which is very rare. This also shows us the linkage of ecological, archaeological, historical, and cultural values with the geological value of the Hantangang River Geopark.


Jaein Falls

Jeongokri Paleolithic Site

Jeongokri Paleolithic Museum



Mentoring Program

AOGS has a Mentoring Program for students and is considering expanding it to post-docs and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). It was formerly called Meet-the-Experts. This program attempts to link Undergraduate and Post-graduate students (MS and PhD) with more senior researchers in their field. Other activities will be held throughout the year outside of the AOGS conference.

For Mentees (Students)

Undergraduate and Post-graduate students (MS and PhD) are invited to meet experts in their section as part of the Meet-the-Experts (MTE) program. “Your” Expert will contact you before the meeting to set up a date and time to meet during the conference. To participate, please sign up during registration and provide the following information: your name, AOGS section, year, university, country and abstract number (if you are presenting). We will match you up with a mentor, as much as possible. This is an opportunity to meet people in your field and get contacts for future research, post-graduate study, or post-doctoral positions. Don’t worry about your English skills. We believe that participating will greatly enhance your experience at and involvement in the meeting.

For Mentors

For the Mentoring Program to work, we need Mentors to volunteer. Student(s) will be associated with Mentors based on their expertise. The email addresses of the students will be given to the Mentor(s) in order for the Mentor(s) Experts to arrange a date and time to meet those who fits with their schedule. To participate, please sign up during registration and provide the following information in details: your name, AOGS section, year, university, country, abstract number (if you are presenting). We will match you up with student(s), as much as possible. The contact will be sent ahead of time.

If you are looking for post-docs, you can look at this as the potential for an informal interview. You can make this as involved as you like. As a minimum, please meet the student sometime during the week and see their poster or presentation. You might want to go to lunch with them so you can have an extended chat on their research and interests. You might ask them for one of their paper(s). It is up to you to decide how involved you want to be. As for the time investment, it might save you time in the future to find out about a future collaborator or post-doc. You can get a lot more information on them this way than from a CV and/or a Skype, Zoom, Teams interview.

Please volunteer and participate.