We posted a place-holder page today. We've been thinking for a while of posting an all-island version, and will try to attend to that when time permits. So, any further exploration in the Acheron has to be done as soon as possible. Much respect for those who came before us and did all of that. It's also quite certain that we can't bring in supplies with a donkey unless we drop it, and them, from a helicopter. The main mission, Stewart's, was to suss possibilities for Simon Mitchell's earthquake project. Stewart was at the Peterkin/Rota system, in St James, last Friday and managed to get another speleothem sample for Simon Mitchell's eaarthquake project. Anyway, it was a good outing, and a photo of the group taken at Marlene's afterwards can be seen to the left. We hope this will also be in conjunction with early steps to reintroduce the Jamaican Iguana, Cyclura collei, in collaboration with the Jackson Bay Gun Club, Jamaican institutions and government agencies, and foreign partners. There's no content yet, just a cool photo of Jan's Defender at Noisy Water on Saturday, but we're linking to it now to give the search engines a heads-up for when it becomes what it shall be. We found four more entrances. Our understanding is that this time of year, they wash the cane before pressing, dump the water down the "Factory Sink", which enters the Acheron somehow, and creates a high biological oxygen demand in the further reaches of The Inferno. The herpers had better luck - amongst other critters, they found the very rare frog E. It isn't putative, and it really did get eaten by a cat before identification. YouTube versions of our videos, even at identical resolutions, are always less sharp because of the processing that allows streaming at multiple resolutions. A photograph can be seen above. A map produced by Stewart that illustrates the current knowledge of connectivity can be found below. The main batroost, The Inferno, wasn't entered, but there were a surprising number of bats in the Lemon Ridge passage - usually there are none. Their plans include using Dromilly Cave. Richard, Mike Ashcroft, et al, were true pioneers, they did incredible work, and the JCO wouldn't be able to do much of what we do without them. Stefan was at St Clair yesterday with some folks from Kingston. The water is the main concern. Hope this adds to the history of the cave. There's also more dye-tracing with the WRA coming up. Jan is working on the video, but one photo is posted above, and others can be found on Bogdan's Google page.dam Hyde, loyal and longstanding JCO member, has plans afoot to launch a much needed magazine, Caribbean Geographic, later this year. In the course of it, we'll try to get another speleothem sample for Simon Mitchell's prehistoric earthquake project. We won't know until Simon has dated them via uranium-thorium isotope decay and we look for correlation with samples from other sites. Our aim is to recover it all, and make it easier for other researchers in the future. Here's video of our own that shows the "inside" story, Retirement Cave Body Recovery.
Wally Britishh Goes Dating | DuttyBerry Skit. Some photos from the day can be found on the JCO Facebook Page. It went quite well, and was a very pleasant outing. A bonus was an observation of a. The crew consisted of Jan, Stefan, Silvia, Lupe, Bogdan, Ashley, and three local youths whom we've known for a long time, led by Cujo. Seven pond sediment cores, and about a dozen water samples, were collected from various sites around the island, and a night was spent at Home Away Cave for capture/release and ultrasonic recording of bats. Clapham had never been surveyed, so we knocked that off in the course of things. A final report will follow upon analysis of the ultrasonic recordings. We'll be back to the real mission, speleology, next weekend. Cliff is taking photos and video non-stop in the course of things, so we should have some interesting stuff to post in the next few days. We only went as far as the Junction - was a cool little trip, and it helped to keep him in shape. We'll post details and photos in the next few days. This time, we'll bring a hammer. We'll be back at Jackson Bay this weekend, with a full team, assessing and georeferencing Potoo Cave. Crayfish were again seen in one of the pools en route in the main Lemon Ridge passage, first observed last year, apparently introduced from Lluidas Vale by way of the Acheron during a higher than normal input of water. Unfortunately, this time we didn't find a yellow boa.
Jamaican Rasta Ital: Recipes #1 Ital Seasoned Cauliflower.. Most of it was bushwhacking, with not much time spent underground, but the mission was entirely successful.
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Jamaican dignitaries celebrate Winnie Mandela | News.. We also met with some of the senior members of the Jackson Bay Gun Club, and received their blessing to concentrate more of our fieldwork in the area. We'll keep it off Youtube until their version airs. We have a lot of great photos, videos, and reports to post on the above as soon as we have a chance. On Sunday, we'll be at Hollymount, Mount Diablo, for recon of unlisted sinkholes we've recently received information about. The air becomes so poor that bats are forced out into areas they wouldn't normally roost in. This weekend, a large group of folks from Kingston will hike the circle route out of Windsor in the Cockpit Country with the JCO. The mission is to check the low, wet part at the end where it hits the transverse fault-line to see if there might be serious continuation. A video of the outing can be streamed on our Youtube channel at or downloaded from our server at. They recorded great footage, and we recorded great behind the scenes stuff of our own that we've posted on the server at TVJ and the JCO at Jackson Bay. For now, some photos have been posted on the JCO Facebook Page. It was a great outing and a really cool day spent underground. There had obviously been a flushing event during the rains of Nov-Dec - the water was fairly clear.
Rain has been frequent there lately, it's mating season for the birds, and the snakes might be spending more time in the bush for foraging rather than hunting for bats in the cave. Observations included fewer fungus gnats than usual, presumably because of the dry season, and once again an inward air flow from the "old cave" to the "new cave". NEPA recently carried out a site visit as part of the application process, and then referred them to the JCO for permission. The mission was successful. Mashing up the dam won't change it. He's the same as Dr Brock Fenton, who initiated the guano sampling project along with the JCO - a total expert in his field who loves to share his knowledge in a way that everyone can understand. Handheld lights or headlamps will be used, not bamboo torches or bottle torches. he JCO had a great outing on Saturday at Noisy Water Cave, Cave River System, St Ann. It's our first visit to the site in about a year. For more information on the Acheron, please refer to St Clair Cave. JCO field reports found at, St Clair Cave, include more information. The site must remain free of trash." We'll visit the site for monitoring again before tourism starts, and periodically afterwards. The JCO team was Adam Hyde, Ronald Stefan Stewart, Christina Rose, and Winston Hamilton. A cool, little video clip has been posted on our Youtube channel here. Download the JCO versions if you have the speed and bandwidth. They were great, and we had a very cool time. It will involve a lot of crawling, and our knees will be beat up as hell by the end of it, but we're up for it. We're convinced there's an undiscovered entrance, probably high in the aven area to the right of the t-junction, that we may be able to find by way of a surface search. Three entrances were located and GPS referenced, and a speleothem sample was taken for Simon Mitchell's earthquake project. We'll have more to report soon. Stewart filtered the Jamaica Cave Register database today and sent off the subset. Much of the batroost was A. Nevertheless, we haven't given up, and will figure something out. Many invasive Australian Red Claws were caught, most of which will be eaten by our local friends. Two entrances at the eastern end were found from the inside via the crawl. Stewart will be at Peterkin/Rota this Friday with a couple of visitors who are contributing some much-needed funding, for which we are very grateful. Dating jamaican. It went well, and the TVJ crew were champions. For logistical reasons, we had to keep the team small. We also found a couple of other minor sites, with identification uncertain at this point. It includes some hydrological maps that might be of interest. A photo of Denise Walters, somewhere near Shamrock Passage, can be seen above. All of which added up to high biological oxygen demand from nasty little microbes. Was pretty tough just for a human. There are more large trees down across the trail, more sections fallen away, and it's bushed up as hell. We appreciate the funding - it helps with the pro bono side - maintains the Land Rovers, website, gear replacement, etc, which is what makes it all possible. Dromilly is an important site biologically. This time, we'll collect pond core sediments to tie in some external data, and record time-expansion echolocation calls at Home Away to determine the species make-up. The western branch is fauna poor, but is physically attractive. We'll post more on this once we've sorted things out, and we hope some of you can help. It gives a good idea of why the area has been so valuable for paleontological work in the past. Once again, we didn't find any blind fish, just ones with eyes, but we did increase our knowledge of the cave. Stewart will retrieve it on Wednesday. Water, crabs, crayfish, etc, can continue, but not us. Info on what's involved can be found at St Clair Cave. There was no body, but we got three perfect speleothem samples, all of which may have come down from the roof during an unrecorded, pre-colonial earthquake. This goes on the to-do list for collaboration with the WRA. This time, there was nothing left but bones and we were successful. The high definition video linked here, gives a good idea of what it was like, and includes some incredible footage of bats in flight - but you'd have to be there with us to believe what we were trying to breath. Bogdan Simandan has forwarded a great report on a recent visit to Boss Hill Cave in St Andrew. Unfortunately, she'll be gone on Saturday. Relationship fights. The other two entrances will follow this weekend when we return with vertigear to find them from the inside. Pushing the Acheron at St Clair is on our to-do list later this summer when conditions allow. It's pure speculation at this point, but we'll have a better idea after a couple of more years of monitoring. The background is a DEM with grey/white higher in elevation, and blue/green lower. This is the first sample from that end of the island. We won't have internet access for most of it, so there will be no updates until we're done, and no email contact. Unfortunately, we forgot the camera in the truck, but here's a photo of the stal taken afterwards