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- n. Plural form of helictite.
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One chamber was filled with helictites, twisted stalagtites that grew every which way in defiance of gravity.
Gradually the immense cave formations, the helictites and flowstone and such, began to grow smaller.
Montana's original and most popular state park highlights Mother Nature's geologic prowess - the stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, and columns of one of the region's most celebrated limestone cave systems.
 Another type of cave is one which will be formed through gasses under the earth's surface seeping up through the carbonic acid. from there, the gaseous liquid will continue to make its way upward through the rock, but its new density and acidity allows it to eat away at the rock, forming the beginning of a cave. it is also largely believed that tectonic shifts in the earth's plates as well as earthquakes and floods are key factors in the formation of such caves. stalagmites, soda straws, helictites, and draperies.