daniel cave, stromatolite fossils, cherokee county, alabama, tabby cavendish, brian killingbeck 1

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I identified these as stromatolites years ago when I first visited the cave. According to the geologic map of Cherokee County, Alabama, the rock the cave is developed in could be Cambrian age Copper Ridge Dolomite or the early Ordovician age Chepultepec Dolomite. www.gsa.state.al.us/documents/pubs/onlinepubs/Bulletins/B...

If indeed they are stromatolites, this is the only cave I have seen them in. I identified them as stromatolites because the are drum like masses composed of chert that can be hollow. Some of them can have a laminated structure. They exist in a three to four foot thick layer that is visible around the whole cave. The masses are arranged in order within the layer like they grew. Most of them, especially the really good examples are high on the wall and very difficult to meaningfully photograph. This image was taken near the entrance. It shows the underside of the masses. For more information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromatolite


title daniel cave, stromatolite fossils, cherokee county, alabama, tabby cavendish, brian killingbeck 1
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