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Wallingford Collapse Cave

May 11, 2005 - 12:30-13:30 EST

 

District: Balaclava

Parish: St Elizabeth

WGS84 L/L: 18 10 52.7, 77 38 34.8

 

JAD69: 181862 E, 169896 N

JAD2001: 681973 E, 670185 N

Altitude: 230m WGS84

Accuracy: +/- 5m horizontal; +/- 15m vertical

Type: Dry passage

Accessibility: Walk-in

Depth: 2

Length: 12m

Explorers: McFarlane - 1985

Survey: McFarlane - 1985

JU Ref: Text - pg 367; Map - pg 367

 

Entrance size: 1m W x 1.5m H

Entrance aspect: 60 deg true

Vegetation in general locale: Farm

Vegetation at entrance: Farm

Rock type: White limestone

Bedding: Moderate

Jointing: Moderate

Speleothems: Stals, flowstone

Palaeo resources: Breccia

Archaeo resources: None

Hydrology: Dry

Siltation: N/A

Sink: N/A

Rising: N/A

Stream passage with surface activity: N/A

Stream passage without surface activity: N/A

Dark zone: 0%

Climate: Warm, dry.

Bats: None

Bat guano: N/A

Guano mining: N/A

Guano condition: N/A

Eleutherodactylus cundalli: Some

Neoditomyia farri: None

Amblypygids: None

Periplaneta americana: None

Cave crickets: None

Sesarma: None

Other species: None.

Visitation: None

Speleothem damage: None

Graffiti: None

Garbage: None

Ownership: Private

Protection: None

 

Vulnerability: Low. Breccia is present, but there is no visitation.

 

Wallingford Collapse Cave

May 11, 2005

Team: Stewart, Conolley, Slack

Notes: RS Stewart

This cave is a small, dry, fossil stream passage choked after 12 metres. The entrance is quite small, a little over a metre, and hidden in a patch of weeds beside the driveway to a house. The GPS position we obtained was quite good, and the coordinates given above will get you to within a few metres of the entrance.

There are no bats, and nothing living here except a few Eleuths. Breccia is present, as it is at most of the other Wallingford caves. The site was investigated by Dr DA McFarlane, in 1985, in his studies of Quaternary vertebrates in Jamaica. There is nothing else notable about it.

We are listing this cave with a low vulnerability due to the lack of visitation.


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