Stalactites and limestone pillar

Stalactites and limestone pillar

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Credit: TRACY KNAUER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Stalactites and limestone pillar in a cave. Stalactites (top) are formed when calcium carbonate precipitates from water droplets as they descend from the roof of the cave. A limestone pillar (centre) forms when a stalactite grows large enough to join with a stalagmite growing up from the floor of the cave. Photographed at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA.

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Keywords: american, calcium carbonate, carlsbad caverns national park, cave, cavern, column, concretion, geographical, geography, geological, geology, geomorphology, limestone, mineralogy, mineraological, new mexico, north america, pillar, pillars, precipitation, rock formation, stalactite, stalactites, stalagmite, stalagmites, underground, united states, us, usa

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