Baryte stalactite

Stalactites form when mineral such as calcium carbonate dissolve in water as it passes through rocks above the cave. When a drip is exposed to air, either on the cave roof or floor, it solidifies. Very slowly this forms a stalactite (hanging down) or a stalagmite (growing upwards). Scientifically they are called ‘speleothems’. this one is recorded as ‘Probably from a cavern in the limestone Arbelows Derbyshire’. this location is better known as Arbor Low.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Geol1598
Collection Class
Minerals
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Common Name
baryte stalactite
Simple Name
mineral
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baryte: barium sulphate