Miller, David, J.; Donovan, S.K.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Geography and Geology; Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
Geomorphology, stratigraphy and paleontology of Wait-a-Bit Cave, central Jamaica
Date of Publication
Wait-a-Bit Cave is a short river cave with a sinuous single conduit passage formed within the Lower Eocene Stettin Member, Chapleton Formation of central Jamaica. It is broadly rectangular in shape with sub-vertical walls in rubbly nodular limestone and a roof span in a massive limestone bed. Cave sediments are the product of wall and roof collapse and of alluvial deposition by the meandering stream flowing through the cave. Evidence of both former phreatic and vadose conditions occurs as ceiling pockets and speleothems. At present the cave is being modified by breakdown of the nodular limestone due to mechanical weathering and erosion. Solutional sculpturing and speleothem development were more significant in the past.....