Jamaican Caving Notes
April 2, 2005
Team: Stewart, Roggy
Notes: RS Stewart
Rising Entrance: WGS84 -
18 18' 28.5" N, 77 34 11.5" W; Alt: 490; Accuracy: +/- 10m;
Aspect: 45 deg true
This cave was visited immediately after Crayfish Cave. We entered through the rising entrance, and exited from the sink entrance. We noticed soon after we were in the passage that siltation was low. When we came out at the far end, we found that the seasonal streambed that feeds into the cave had a very dense cover of bush and shrubs, with the more open areas covered with tall weeds. This was the only sink in the district that we found in this state, and it was the least muddy cave. The floor of the passage was clean rock, and rimstone pools held clear water. This cave can be contrasted well to Farmyard Cave which is not far away. Farmyard takes most of its flow from cultivated land and is almost entirely choked with silt.
The passage held no rafted-in garbage. Invasive roaches were not present.
Sesarma verleyi were present, as were N. farri, but we saw no other trogs.
We are listing this site with a medium vulnerability. There is no immediate threat, but if land-use changes upstream, it will be greatly changed by siltation.
April 2, 2005
Notes: DK Roggy
I proceeded roughly 100m to the south of Crayfish cave, along a dry (at the time) streambed. I came to an accumulation of limestone on a hillside that had water slowly trickling over it, and ascended perhaps 3-4m before coming to the entrance of Pool cave. The entrance was perhaps 2m tall by 1m wide and had clear, knee-deep water. I saw some small fish in the water, which appeared to be Gambusia.
and I entered the cave and waded through the entire length of the
mostly round, phreatic passage. We walked upstream, taking time to
collect whichever samples presented themselves. After approximately
20 to 30 minutes, we came to a point where a small side passage came
in from the right. There was an accumulation of silt and
sediment downstream of the side passage that obviously came from it.
As I remember it that was the only place in the passage where walking
caused any significant amount of material to cloud the water.
After we passed the side passage there was again little or no
accumulation of silt or sediment. We proceeded for another
10-15 minutes to the upstream end of the cave.
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