Mapping and Protecting Virginia's Underground Wilderness...

The Virginia Speleological Survey

"In the lime-stone country, there are many
caverns of very considerable extent"
- Thomas Jefferson
"That, of course, is the dangerous part about caves: you don't know how far they go back, sometimes, or where a passage behind may lead to, or what is waiting for you inside."
- J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit)

Atlantic & Mountain Valley Gas Pipelines

As an organization, the VSS has not issued a formal statement, or agreed on a stand, for/against the proposed natural gas pipeline projects. At this point, we are focused on providing accurate and complete information on the caves and karst resources that might be impacted by the projects, if they are built.

- A Deadly Fungus is Killing Our Bats -
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Welcome to the Virginia Speleological Survey's Website.

The purpose of this Website is to help facilitate our work of recording, preserving, and protecting the caves and karst resources of Virginia. It is also intended to provide general information about the caves and karst resources of Virginia and to provide a convenient medium for interacting with, and exchanging information between, the VSS Directors, Virginia Region cavers, cave owners, and the general public.

Goals of the VSS Web site:

  • To provide general information to all who visit this Web site. Public information will be limited to resources for education and conservation of caves in Virginia.
  • To improve coordination between VSS Directors, Regional Coordinators, and Associates, and to provide convenient access to information pertaining to VSS business and data.
  • To promote the flow of information to the VSS about the cave resources of Virginia.
  • To allow the VSS to expand information gathering resources and more effectively disseminate information to approved individuals and organizations.

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The contents of this website may not be reproduced in any way without the written consent of the publisher, Virginia Speleological Survey (VSS).
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Material on this site is presented as general information for responsible, knowledgable, and experienced cavers. Exploring and/or surveying caves is a potentially dangerous activity and may cause equipment damage, monetary loss, injury, or death. Cavers are solely responsible for their own safety underground.

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It is the responsibility of each reader to assess the quality of the information provided and whether it applies to their own situations and needs. No liability will be accepted for the use or misuse of this information, or for any consequences that result from its use or misuse.