flowstone

noun
flow·​stone | \ˈflō-ˌstōn \

Definition of flowstone 

: calcite deposited by a thin sheet of flowing water usually along the walls or floor of a cave

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And uranium-thorium dating said the flowstone couldn’t be any younger than 114,000 years. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals were artists and thought symbolically, new studies argue," 22 Feb. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 Here, too, flowing water had deposited a flowstone over the layer of sediment in which these shells were found. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals were artists and thought symbolically, new studies argue," 22 Feb. 2018 Forty to 70 feet below ground, stalactites and stalagmites meet to form columns, delicate soda straws dangle from the ceiling and flowstones cover the walls. Chelsey Lewis, USA TODAY, "Seven natural wonders in Wisconsin," 16 Mar. 2018 The older a flowstone gets, the more thorium builds up inside it. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "Neanderthals, the World’s First Misunderstood Artists," 22 Feb. 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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