Map of Oven Rock Cave: Brian Kakuk, 1995
Cave Type: Inland, anchialine blue hole - lens based cave
Location: Great Guana Cay, Bahamas
Length: 300 m plus
Maximum depth: 22 m
Description: The entrance to Oven Rock Cave is situated in a hillside on Great Guana Cay. From the 15 m wide, 2.5 m high entrance, a 40 m long dry chamber descends over breakdown to a tidal anchialine lake. The 1.5 m deep lake extends around the sides and rear of this chamber. An underwater room trending off from the lake is well decorated with large stalagmites at depths to 9 m.
Oven Rock Cave: entrance chamber
Oven Rock Cave: entrance pool
Hydrology: Surface salinity in the lake is 35 g/l.
Diving Mode: Standard cave scuba
History: First recorded diving exploration by Tom Iliffe and John Pohlman in May 1993.
Fauna: Shrimp (Barbouria cubensis), copepods, ostracods, amphipods, remipedes.
Conservation status: This cave has currently been proposed to the Bahamas Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries as a marine reserve.
Contributor: Brian Kakuk, Caribbean Marine Research Center, Bahamas
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