Travertine stalactites

Travertine stalactites

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Credit: DIRK WIERSMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Travertine stalactites. 'Jaws' of rock created by the deposition of calcium carbonate from a hot mineral spring. The travertine deposits at Pamukkale in Turkey cover an entire hillside. Stalactites, more usually found in caves, are formed when carbonate precipitates out as water drips down from a ceiling, or in this case, from an overhang. Pillow-like formations of travertine are seen in the foreground. These influenced the naming of Pamukkale, which means 'cotton castle' in Turkish.

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Keywords: deposit, deposition, formation, pamukkale, precipitate, precipitation, rock, stalactites, travertine, turkey, turkish

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