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Far Enough Cave

May 13, 2005 - 12:00-13:00 EST

 

District: Rock Spring

Parish: Trelawny

WGS84 L/L: 18 18 58.0; 77 34 23.2

 

JAD69: 189302 E, 184793 N

JAD2001: 689413 E, 685082

Altitude: 450m WGS84

Accuracy: +/- 20m horizontal; +/- 20m vertical

Type: Stream passage

Accessibility: Vertical gear

Depth: 8

Length: 380m

Explorers: KHE - 1965

Survey: KHE - 1965

JU Ref: Text - pg 171; Map - pg 171

 

Entrance size: 2m W

Entrance aspect: 225 deg true

Vegetation in general locale: Bush, meadow

Vegetation at entrance: Flood meadow

Rock type: Yellow - White limestone junction

Bedding: Moderate

Jointing: Moderate

Speleothems: Undetermined

Palaeo resources: Undetermined

Archaeo resources: None

Hydrology: Wet

Siltation: Heavy

Sink: Active

Rising: Undetermined

Stream passage with surface activity: Active

Stream passage without surface activity: N/A

Dark zone: >90%.

Climate: Cool, humid.

Bats: None

Bat guano: N/A

Guano mining: N/A

Guano condition: N/A

Eleutherodactylus cundalli: None

Neoditomyia farri: Undetermined

Amblypygids: Undetermined

Periplaneta americana: Undetermined

Cave crickets: Undetermined

Sesarma: Undetermined

Other species: Stygobites are likely, but we could not penetrate the muddy sink to look.

Visitation: None

Speleothem damage: None

Graffiti: None

Garbage: Much

Ownership: Forestry Reserve

Protection: None

 

Vulnerability: Medium. The sink is found at the end of a stream that rises at Good Hope Two Cave. Siltation is great, and garbage is being washed into the system.

 

Far Enough Cave

May 13, 2005

Team: Stewart, Conolley, Roggy, Slack

Notes: RS Stewart

Far Enough Cave is the final downstream cave associated with the Mouth River known at this time. The cave was found by the KHE to trend east and finally end in a sump after 380 metres. If there is a rising for Far Enough Cave beyond the sump, further into the Cockpit Country, the KHE, the JCC, and the JCO do not know about it. This does not mean it isn't there, but if it is, it remains to be found. Our own explorations in the district have only extended as far as those of the KHE, so essentially, no one has gone to take a look. But, by plotting the KHE cave map on the topos, using our GPS position for the entrance, we can make a guess where a rising might be found - 18 19 03.0 N, 77 34 13.5 W.

It took us two tries to find this site, first at the end of March, and then successfully on May 13, with the rainy-season underway. Apart from the flood-risk, because of thick mud at the fissures that drop into the start of the passage, we were locked out and were able to do nothing but get a good position and learn the lay of the land. This was at least of value, because as a result of our search we can supply GPS points for the best route to the glade, and coordinates that will allow the entrance to be quickly found.

On May 13, the entrance to Far Enough was heavily silted, the same as the other sinks upstream in the system (Good Hope Cave One, Good Hope Cave Two, several upstream entrances to Printed Circuit). The cockpit in which it is located showed obvious signs of having experienced great flooding, presumably during Hurricane Ivan. For all three of these entrances, even though water was carving holes through the mud to drain into them, for a human to get in would have required much shovelling of unstable mud.

We are not entirely sure which of several sinks in an area about 50 metres across was the entrance, because all were muddy. The position listed is for the most likely sink, but in reality, it could be one of the others. The land is open around the GPS position, so it will not take long to find and have a look at all of them.

We saw heavy siltation throughout the entire Mouth Maze to Far Enough system, and it is obvious where it comes from. The land in much of the catchment immediately above is heavily cultivated alluvial soil, with no ground cover between the banana, yams, coffee, or whatever. The farmers are diligent in their labours, and the soil on their farms is cultivated, loose, and ready to move when heavy rains arrive, such as with Ivan. Along with this topsoil, there is an incredible amount of garbage that is washing into/through the system. At Mouth Maze, the trash was astounding - we'll go into it further in the notes for that cave. Beyond the downstream exits of Mouth Maze, at Good Hope Glade, the entire streambed to the sink of Good Hope Cave One was littered with bottles, and scandal bags, and you name it, all washed through from the Mouth River sink. This garbage actually extends right through the entire system, travelling through, Good Hope One Cave, along a stream and then through Good Hope Two Cave, and still found in the streambed that leads to the entrance to Far Enough Cave. It is no doubt continuing onwards into Far Enough, and what is happening to it there is anybody's guess, because this is the end of the known surface part of the system.

Access to the glade where this cave is located is via two routes, and has been addressed in the introductory notes to this chapter.

We are listing this site with a medium vulnerability, because of the potential for clogging of the passage downstream due to the garbage that washes into the cave, and the siltation caused by local agriculture.


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