Biologically influenced carbonate speleothems
Published:January 01, 2006
Danko Taboroši, 2006. "Biologically influenced carbonate speleothems", Perspectives on Karst Geomorphology, Hydrology, and Geochemistry - A Tribute Volume to Derek C. Ford and William B. White, Russell S. Harmon, Carol M. Wicks
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Carbonate speleothems are the most typical and widespread cave deposits, and the vast majority of them are considered to be inorganic. Nevertheless, the formation of a broad range of carbonate deposits in caves is intricately linked to living organisms. Although relatively unknown and largely regarded as features of limited significance, biologically mediated carbonate speleothems are diverse and numerous. They include formations such as certain dripstone and flowstone, some moonmilk and related precipitates, various subaqueous formations, rootsicles, encrusted mosses, stromatolitic speleothems, stalactitic tufa, and other deposits.