Huntite Flowstone in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

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Science  13 Jul 1973:
Vol. 181, Issue 4095, pp. 158-159
DOI: 10.1126/science.181.4095.158


Huntite flowstone has recently been discovered in Carlsbad Caverns. This flowstone occurs as a thin, white layer of microcrystals (approximately 1 to 60 micrometers in diameter) which appears buckled and crinkled. The huntite is believed to be precipitating directly from magnesium-rich solutions rather than forming by alteration of preexisting minerals.