Quartz stalactites

Quartz stalactites

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Credit: VAUGHAN FLEMING/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Quartz stalactites hanging down from the ceiling of a cave. These stalactites are icicle-shaped deposits of silicon oxide. They form over thousands of years from quartz carried in the water flowing beneath the earth's surface. As this water slowly drips through the cave roof, the quartz precipitates out and gradually builds up as a stalactite.

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