- A helictite in which the eccentricity is ascribed to the action of air currents . The word is derived from wind-control theory of helictite formation .
A Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology with Special Reference to Environmental Karst Hydrology. Courtesy of the author & The Karst Waters Institute. 2002.
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helictite — 1. Generally small variety of stalactitic calcite growth that is twisted and contorted with no apparent regard for gravity. Helictites form on cave walls, ceilings, and on stalactites. The growth develops as seepage water loses carbon dioxide… … Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology