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Stunning, 8.8" Calcite Stalactite Formation - Morocco
This is a truly beautiful specimen of calcite stalactitic formations. The calcite looks to have coated iron rich mineral projections from the slanted ceiling of a cave, leaving the crystal coated matrix with a web-like appearance. The location of removal from the cave wall leaves a nearly perfect base for display, allowing both calcite coated sides of the specimen visible, while hiding what little red-orange matrix remained
Stalactites form when water that seeps 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, for the drops from the ceiling will still contain high mineral content, typically depositing a precipitate that will continue to build as long as water continues to flow in this location.