helictite

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helictite

[′hē·lik‚tīt]
(geology)
A speleothem whose origin is similar to that of a stalactite or stalagmite but that angles or twists in an irregular fashion.
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Such was the department of streams, pools, and waterfalls, located in a suddenly appearing alcove of the landscaping department, or, on the fourteenth floor, between men's hats and notions, the gloomy department of caves and tunnels, in which dim fluorescent bulbs set in the cave walls shed a purplish glow over the rock formations and price tags hung from neatly labeled stalactites, flowstone, cave coral, twisting helictites.
Lehman Caves took an estimated 600 million years to become what they are today, each extraordinary hollow containing variations of stalactites, stalagmites, bacon strips, cave coral, shields, flowstone, and gravity-abusers called helictites.
At Lehman Caves, sign up early for one of the guided tours through an otherworldly half mile of stalactites, stalagmites, and twisting, straw-shaped helictites.
May I through September 30, 2-hour tours take you to chambers filled with stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, ribbon rock ("cave bacon"), and globular formations known as "cave popcorn" ($4 ages 12 and over, $2 ages 6 through 11, plus $3 vehicle entry fee).
A 2hour spelunking tour lets you explore larger chambers with still-growing helictites (twisting soda straws that look like ramen noodles); bring lights and caving clothes.