Tafoni Caves - Woodside, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
N 37° 24.578 W 122° 19.072
10S E 560367 N 4140533
Quick Description: Tafoni caves at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 8/2/2013 9:41:09 PM
Waymark Code: WMHQ2T
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 5

Long Description:
The formation is at the end of the small trail along Taforni Trail. Follow the map, or the markers along the trail.

About the formation: "Tafoni (singular: tafone) are small cave-like features found in granular rock such as sandstone, with rounded entrances and smooth concave walls. They often occur in groups that can riddle a hillside, cliff, or other rock formation. They can be found in all climate types, but are most abundant in intertidal areas and semi-arid and arid deserts. Currently favored explanations controlling their formation include salt weathering, differential cementation, structural variation in permeability, and the length of the drying period between wettings. They also frequently occur in granitic rocks.
Small versions of tafoni are sometimes called alveoli; like the former, they are hypothesized to be results of salt weathering. Such tafoni are found in the Jodhpur-Ajmer section of India's Thar Desert.
This type of weathering is also referred to as honeycomb weathering.
The etymology of the word "tafoni" is unclear. Tafoni may come from the Greek word taphos, "tomb". Tafoni may also stem from a Corsican word taffoni, meaning "windows", or from tafonare meaning "to perforate". In Sicilian, tafoni means "windows". The earliest known publication of the term “tafoni” was in 1882." (visit link)
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 37° 24.650 W 122° 18.361

Access fee (In local currency): .00

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: no

Website reference: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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