Story: King Country region

Limestone country: stalactites (2nd of 2)

Limestone country: stalactites

The Waitomo district is filled with underground limestone caves containing formations such as the stalactites in this photograph. Stalactites are created when water containing calcite (calcium carbonate) drips from the ceiling. Over time the calcite builds up to form stalactites. In this cave the water has dripped in many places, creating a field of beautiful formations.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Landscape and climate', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 August 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015