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Cloford Quarry Big Cave

Cloford, Nunney.

NGR:ST 7168 4453
WGS84:51.19928, -2.40670
Length:145 m
Depth:16 m
Altitude:160 m

This cave is possibly the largest significant cave in Britain which owes its existence directly to an unconformity. The cave is formed completely in the unconformity between the heavily fretted, horizontally bedded Jurassic Oolite and the smooth, steeply dipping Carboniferous Limestone, and several fine exposures of the junction are apparent. The cave also contains notable specimens of gypsum needles, crinoids and other corals, and geodes. The entire cave lies only a handful of metres below the surface and at several points fine roots descend into the cave through micro tubes in the oolite.

Alternate Names: None recorded.

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