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  • n. A speleothem found in limestone caves that changes its axis from the vertical at one or more stages during its growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A twisted twig-like form of calcium carbonate which occurs in caves in limestone.


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  • Lechuguilla Cave is not only the deepest at 494m (1,604 feet) and longest at 193 km (121 miles), but contains the largest collection of hydromagnesite balloon-like formations, subaqueous helictite formations and calcite speleothems.

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park, United States


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