sta·lac·tite (stə-lăktīt′, stălək-)
An icicle-shaped mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
[New Latin stalactītēs, from Greek stalaktos, dripping, from stalassein, stalak-, to drip.]
stal′ac·titic (stăl′ăk-tĭtĭk, stə-lăk′-) adj.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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