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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* Helictites: These are some of the most beautiful speleothems.
Fairy Land is right there, with its baby stalactites on the ceiling and curly ones called helictites. That's where I would get lost.
Stalactites and stalagmites are found within the caves, along with helictites, the unusual spiral formations for which these caves are known.
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. One of the more mysterious departments lay beyond a soft brown world of night tables, dimly glowing lamps, pulled-back bedspreads displaying flowery sheets, and four-poster beds with arched canopies and heavy curtains.
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. The damp and eerie chambers have names like Crystal Palace, Gothic Palace, and Cypress Swamp.
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. Bring a sweatshirt, as the cave is a constant 50[degrees].
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).