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Cave Popcorn

Draperies

Stalagmite

Shelfstone

Stalactites

Cave Pearls
This is just a small sample of the kinds of formations or speleothems that can be found in caves. Click on a picture to read about how each speleothem type is formed, where it is found in a cave and how it can be identified.

Column

Soda Straws

Pool Spar
ALERT
When we touch a cave formation, the oils on our fingers create a barrier so that more calcite cannot stick to the surface and continue the growth of the formation. So the rule is: LOOK BUT DON'T TOUCH.

Helictites

Flowstone

Cave Bacon