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CAVE BACON or BACON STRIP


HOW DOES IT FORM?

Water running down a limestone cave wall or along a ledge will deposit calcite into delicate draperies. When minerals like iron oxide make stripes in the drapery, it is called cave bacon or bacon strip.

WHERE IS IT FOUND?

Cave bacon can be found hanging out from walls, down from ceilings or off the bottom of flowstone formations. Cave bacon is not as common as plain drapery formations. The two examples pictured are from Black Chasm Cavern.

HOW IS IT IDENTIFIED?

Any cave drapery that looks like bacon is called cave bacon!
For more detailed information on speleothem formation, go to our Cavern Geology lesson plan's section on speleothems by clicking HERE.

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