Definitions for "Speleothem"
cave formations: secondary mineral deposits formed in caves, caused by the dissolution of minerals (such as calcite) and their subsequent deposition in crystalline form in growing layers in a variety of shapes.
A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate that precipitates from solution in a cave.
A general term for all secondary mineral deposits in a cave. Includes stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, and crystal growths. Terms such as 'formation' or 'decoration' are sometimes used in a similar manner, but can cause confusion, eg. with geological formations.