Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Volume 24 Part 1:9-24 - January 1962

A publication of the National Speleological Society

Notes on the Caves of Jamaica
William B. White and J. Robert Dunn


Forty-nine caves have been reported on the Island of Jamaica. Fourteen of these were investigated in 1957. Cave patterns in the tropical climate of Jamaica are siimilar to those of temperate climates. The skylight and ceiling pockets are very common features. Calcite is the most common cave mineral and is present chiefly as massive dripstone deposits, often eroded by bat urine. Hydroxy-apatite is also present. Kegalkarst and Türmkarst are developed in Jamaica. The former is extensive and occurs in "Cockpit" country. Doline Karst is also extensive. Several poljes are developed in Jamaica.

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