Speleothem; 17021

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Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre

Name/Title

Speleothem

About this object

Pool formation. The form and shape of a Speleothem is determined by the way water enters a cave.

Object Type

Speleothem

Object number

17021

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Paul Rowe 07 Oct 2009 08:16 AM,UTC

A speleothem is a mineral cave formation. Minerals are dissolved from the surrounding rock (usually limestone, above or below ground) and are redeposited in reasonably pure form as stalactitles (that come down), stalactmites (that come up), helictites (that go all over the place) and spar (chunky crystals usually formed underwater). This one looks like calcite ( calcium carbonate) spar.

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