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A Mexican Woman in ArabiaA Mexican Woman in Arabia

Una Mexicana en Arabia by Susy Pint
TEXT IN SPANISH
184 pages, 57 photographs in color
Price: 14 dollars
HARRAT KHAYBAR RECONNAISSANCEROCK FORMATIONS
OF ABU RAKAH


Join Denis O'Brien and his friends from Yanbu on a visit to these picturesque rocks. What a place to camp!
HARRAT KHAYBAR RECONNAISSANCE
Dave Jenkins takes us on a tour of one of the most fascinating places in Saudi Arabia...and finds several enticing lava tubes along the way!
Paul Salopek's Out of Eden Walk
Twice Pulitzer-Prize winner Salopek started in Ethiopia and hopes to arrive at the souther tip of Argentina after a seven-year walk tracing Humanity's Greatest Voyage.
Guanomite Research Group
Prince Sultan bin Salman introduces Saudi archaeological treasures to the world. Is this just the tip of the archaeological iceberg? What else will be found inside Saudi caves?
Guanomite Research Group
INTRODUCING THE GUANOMITE RESEARCH GROUP

Scientists, cavers and researchers have joined to study these towers of pigeon droppings so common in Saudi caves. How old are they? Do they contain useful information?
A Visit to Amazing KAUST University JOURNEY TO THUWAL

A Visit to Amazing KAUST University, which, in 2013, included a course on Saudi Caves in its Winter Enrichment Program
KAUST students in Hibashi Cave
KAUST STUDENTS EXPLORE HIBASHI CAVE

What did they find there? What kind of research did they carry out?
A Photo Gallery
Underground in Arabia: THE BOOK BOOK REVIEW:

UNDERGROUND IN ARABIA BY JOHN PINT

Tim Barger reviews this new book about caves, lava tubes, camaraderie, Bedouin, bats, wolves, jinns, sand storms and rollicking adventure beneath the dunes of Saudi Arabia.

REPORT:

THE THIRD GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON GEOTOURISM,

MUSCAT OMAN

Will Saudi Arabia's marvelous Black and White Volcanoes become the country's first Geopark?

SEARCHING FOR LAVA CAVES ON JABAL Q'IDR

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLACK AND WHITE VOLCANOES

"There were cave entrances everywhere."

AIN HIT'S WATER IS ANALYZED

Have these once crystal-clear waters been polluted by Riyadh's Sewage Lake? Get the facts here!

BATS BELOW THE LAKE BED

LAYLA LAKES AND THEIR WONDERS REVISITED

Karst like you've never seen before!   A 50-meter-long cave beneath the lake.

AIN HEETH (AIN HIT) REVISITED, 2011

An unexpected turn of events: what happened to this cave's previously "crystal-clear" water?

MAJLIS AL JINN, OMAN

Plans are afoot to turn the world's largest sunlit underground chamber into a Tourist Cave.

DAHL AL HAMAM

A Cave in the Middle of the Busy City of Doha, Qatar. By Chris Killey

DAHL LUQAH

Mahmoud Al-Shanti and The Friends of the Desert explore an ancient cave near an ancient city on the windswept wastes of the far north.

AIN HIT THE MOVIE

Restored and digitalized video taken inside Dahl Ain Hit (Hith, Heet), the historically famous Saudi Cave and site for diving in the desert.

THE GPS: FRIEND OR FOE OF SAUDI CAVES?

With a GPS, speleologists can relocate even the smallest cave entrance in the biggest desert...but this device also allows vandals to do the same resulting in broken stalactites, trash and graffiti in previously virgin caves.

THE 15TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SPELEOLOGY AND 2009 NSS CONVENTION, KERRVILLE, TEXAS

1600 cavers all in the same spot! What did  they talk about? Saudi Arabia's hundreds of kilometers of 3-million-year-old virgin caves, of course (among other things).

HYPOGENE KARSTIFICATION IN SAUDI ARABIA AND JORDAN

Caves that were formed from below rather than from above

By Stephan Kempe et al

CAVES, CISTERNS AND THERMS ON THE RED-SEA COAST

 Proof of Greek and Ptolemaic-Roman settlements?

By Michel Pons

THE AMAZING SINKHOLES OF LAYLA, SAUDI ARABIA
Their Gypsum Tufas are Unique in All the World

By Dr. Stephan Kempe

MAKHULAH: The tender and true tale of Makhulah the Camel as told by Qurian Al-Hajri of Ain Dar, Saudi Arabia
UMM JIRSAN: LONGEST LAVA TUBE IN ARABIA:  Enormous passages, mysterious mounds, snarling wolves, ancient bones... This cave system has it all!
BIRDS IN ARABIAN CAVES: Michael C. Jennings, Coordinator of the Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Arabia (ABBA), takes us on a fascinating hunt for birds that prefer to live deep underneath the desert.
CAVE MAPPING IN SAUDI ARABIA: Maps of Saudi Caves published in new report; A Brief History of Cave Mapping in Saudi Arabia; The Joy and Pain of Surveying Caves in Arabia.

 

JEDDAH'S OUTDOOR ART:  Some of the world's finest sculptures are on permanent display--and free--all over the city of Jeddah.
UNDERGROUND IN AL GREYA: We head for the Far North of Saudi Arabia with Al Jowf''s "Friends of the Desert."  We find mud from the sky, centipedes under the pillow, goat-and-people rescues and two intriguing caves.
Geocaching and caves in Saudi Arabia: Meet Mohammad Al-Fares, author of the first book on geocaching in Arabic. Find out what geocaching is all about and how to hunt for geocaches in the desert caves of Saudi Arabia.
Vulcanospeleology in Saudi Arabia: a new article in Acta Carsologica summarizes the great strides made in the last few years in the exploration and study of Saudi Arabia's volcanic caves.
Cave Tourism in Saudi Arabia: Two studies show great promise for developing Show Caves in the Kingdom. Take a look at which caves are the most attractive!

Crawl the Double Bobat: a challenging but exciting cave near Al Kharj. Check out the great bat pictures too!

Lava cavers gather in Tepoztlán, Mexico for the xii International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology

Detailed information, abstracts, etc. on the XII International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology

Shiprock Cave: "Caving in reverse" to the top of magnificent Shiprock Jebel...by Greg Gregory.

Roobol's Rub Al Khali: Fifty scientists explore Arabia's greatest desert. John Roobol presents a slide show on this amazing journey to the Empty Quarter.
A chat with Mexico's foremost vulcanospeleologist, Ramón Espinasa
The Hibashi Report: New SGS publication on Saudi Arabia's most famous lava cave
Caves of the Black and White Volcanoes: Arabia's most spectacular volcanoes...and they come with caves!
Jordan Discoveries--2005: mummies, snakes, bones and Arabia's longest mapped lava tube
Caves found in a lava field overlapping Saudi Arabia and Jordan
Cave Science in Saudi Arabia: The Potential for Scientific Projects in Saudi Arabia's Caves
Blow-hole Dome: Greg Gregory conquers the howling hole

The Caves of Ma'aqala:  Discovery of Dahl Sultan 'way back in 1983

Ain Hith I: Erik Bjurström tells the story of the first Desert Dives
The Star Well: Archeological treasures may lie beneath this ancient well.
Saudi Cave makes world's "top ten" at Azores symposium on vulcanospeleology
Complete list of SGS Speleological Reports
Interview with Will Kochinski: Joy and terror of early caving
Curious Cave Minerals: From arcanite to Maya Blue... how are they connected to Saudi caves
Caves of Habikah

PHOTO GALLERY 2003


New Dives in Ain Hit: Six  years later, the diving resumes and the cave is mapped.
Desert Caves of Saudi Arabia: What's inside the new Saudicaves book - and what was left out? All the info you need to get your own copy.
The fascinating legend of Hibashi Lava Tube: is it true?
That's-a-Nice-Name Cave: Speleo sausages, hollow stalagmites and more!
Narrow Escape: Helicopter Rescue at Um Qaradi lava-tube cave

In Arabic

First visit to lava tubes in Harrats Khaybar and Ithnayn
Caves of the Lost City: First visit to lava tubes in Harrats Khaybar and Ithnayn plus a town that wouldn't stand still

Cave Rescue in Lebanon: Adventures above and below ground with the Speleo Club du Liban

Saudicaves in Iceland: Chilly Lava Tubes and the 10th International Symposium on Vulcanospeleology

Gecko Cave: Ideal cave for Dehydrated Dwarves. Saga of the Doomed Caver

 

 

Interview with a Volcanologist: the Lava Fields of Saudi Arabia and the Formation of the Kishb Lava Tubes

 

THE LAVA TUBES OF HARRAT KISHB

FIELD TRIP ONE
SGS and friends explore two
caves, find cave termites and a
sandstorm!

CAVERS IN TRAINING
Saudi geologists are "learning
the ropes!" A picture-report

Old Jeddah

Tour the narrow, crooked streets of one of the world's oldest cities and marvel at the beautiful (and functional) architecture.

Voids Between the Dunes

  VOIDS BETWEEN THE DUNES

Cave adventures in the early 80s by Bruce L. Davis.

Great pictures of the first explorations of Dahls Sukhayl and Khaliqah.

 

The Roses of Taif

  THE ROSES OF TAIF

Susy Pint reveals the secret of their alluring "attar"

 

The Farmer and the Bats:  based on a true story by Merlyn Tuttle

Saudi bats: What  kind of bats are flitting around this desert country? You might be surprised

 


Thucky the Dhubb  

THUCKY SPEAKS
The spiny-tailed lizard is a fascinating creature of the desert. Find out why dhubbs have been put on the endangered species list.


Caves beneath the dunes? The summer selection Descriptions, maps and adventures Saudi Arabia
Dahls are delicate and dangerous Whatever's been published and more Post your announcements, questions and answers