Beautiful 7.2" Calcite & Aragonite Stalactite Formation - Morocco

This is a truly incredible specimen of calcite and white aragonite stalactitic formations. The calcite and aragonite look to have coated iron rich mineral projections from the ceiling of a cave, leaving the specimen with crystal protrusions in various directions. The remaining matrix beneath the stalactites works beautifully as a base for an aesthetic display.

Stalactites form when water, seeping through rock, reaches an opening such as a cave or tunnel. Once this mineral-rich water (calcite in this case) precipitates out of the rock wall/ceiling, it leaves behind a crystal as the precipitate builds with each drop of water.

Stalagmites are likely to form from this process as those drops land on a cave floor, since the drops from the ceiling will still contain high mineral content. As long as water keeps flowing, it will continue to precipitate into stalactites and stalagmites.
Calcite & Aragonite
Ighoud, Morocco
7.2" long, 3.7" tall