Rock Carbonatic Corn Balls "Splash-Balls Deposits"
by Metwally Hamza, Full Geologist, Egypt
- On discussing mineral formations in caves, we often talk about stalactites and stalagmites.
- A stalactite is an icicle-shaped formation that hangs -falls- from the ceiling -up part- of a cave and is produced by precipitation of (minerals), or (mineralized deposits) from water dripping -falling from- through the cave ceiling. Most stalactites have pointed tips.
- A stalagmite is an upward -to up depositting- growing mound of (mineral deposits), that have precipitated from water dripping -growing from- onto the floor of a cave. Most stalagmites have rounded or flattened tips.
- There are many other types of mineral formations found in caves, some deposits are named based on their appearances and taken shapes, such as a showerhead-shaped, which is a hollow cone-shaped formation, or a conulite, which is a "splash-cup-shaped", that forms when water dripping rapidly through the cave ceiling flings aside loose particles on the cave floor.
- Road of "Ain Sokhna - Galalla", exactly road of "New Galalla", there is an amazing and splendid formation, located at "Longitude: 28.27858340835619° - Latitude: 33.62637628150901°", it's one of the special types of "cave deposits", called "rock corn balls", as it's similar to pops -balls- of corns, almost it's formed due to depositing process of "calcium carbonates". When you firstly see it, you will be shocked and immediately give a shot by "hoooooh!", due to its splendid shape and exposure.
Taken and Itemized by Metwally Hamza.
Submitted on 20 December 2019
Credit: Metwally Hamza (distributed via imaggeo.egu.eu)
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