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Offline bagpuss

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Balch Cave
« on: May 24, 2015, 10:05:21 pm »
No trip report I'm afraid, but some snaps of the couple of trips we did to Fairy Cave Quarry.














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Re: Balch Cave
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2015, 10:11:38 pm »
Caving in the daylight, whatever next?!





































Still light! Hello summer :-)

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Re: Balch Cave
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 07:34:31 am »
No scale  >:(

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Re: Balch Cave
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 08:37:48 am »
Nice photos, shows some of what can be easily missed.
I like the fact that there's nothing artificial in the photos so you can enjoy the beauty with out the distraction. I'm not looking at them for scientific reasons, and they're not trying to show how large or small something is, so I don't need scale (although I reckon I can judge the scale on most if not all).
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Re: Balch Cave
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2015, 10:11:26 am »
Some photos of the lithostrotion fossills in the Aven Chamber area. Must pop in some time for some more views. I take it our rusty old steel drum is still keeping an entrance open. Will be up at the quarry tomorrow.

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Re: Balch Cave
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2015, 10:13:32 am »
For the uninitiated -

Lithostrotion is a genus of rugose coral which is commonly found as a fossil within Carboniferous Limestone. Lithostrotion is a member of the Lithostrotionidae family within the order Stauriida, class Rugosa in the Cnidaria phylum.[1] The genus Lithostrotion, a common and readily recognised group of fossils, became extinct by the end of the Palaeozoic era.[2]
Species

Amongst the various species of the Lower Carboniferous coral family Lithostrotionidae recorded in Britain are the following:

    Lithostrotion junceum (Fleming, 1828)
    Lithostrotion pauciradiale (M'Coy, 1844)
    Lithostrotion irregulare (Phillips, 1836)
    Lithostrotion martini (Milne-Edwards & Haime, 1851)
    Lithostrotion sociale (Phillips, 1836)
    Lithostrotion affine (Fleming, 1828)
    Lithostrotion edmondsi (Smith, 1928)
    Lithostrotion gracile (M'Coy, 1851)
    Lithostrotion fasciculatum (Fleming, 1828)
    Lithostrotion fuicatum (Thomson, 1887)
    Lithostrotion concinum (Lonsdale, 1845)
    Lithostrotion maccoyanum (Milne-Edwards & Haime, 1851)
    Lithostrotion decipiens (M'Coy, 1849)
    Lithostrotion vorticale (Parkinson, 1808)
    Lithostrotion araneurn (M'Coy, 1844)[3]