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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The Caverns of Sonora is a National Natural Landmark due in part to the phenomenal display of speleothems known as "helictites" and in particular "bladed helictites," rare and beautiful cave formations.
Many grottoes are adorned with helictites, which are twisted or hooked growths that appear to defy gravity.
Fairy Land is right there, with its baby stalactites on the ceiling and curly ones called helictites.
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.
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.
Dainty white helictites, translucent orange bacon, and shields of white calcite adorn each crevice.