Story: Limestone country

Flowstone (2nd of 3)

Flowstone

This cave formation is known as flowstone, because it looks as if the stone has flowed like a waterfall. Flowstone forms when water trickles or flows over the rock, slowly depositing calcite (calcium carbonate). This flowstone, known as the Easter Bonnet, is in Waipuna Cave at Waitomo. Cavers often give formations descriptive names.

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Paul Williams, 'Limestone country - Caves', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/12399/flowstone (accessed 24 September 2021)

Story by Paul Williams, published 24 Sep 2007