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[floh-stohn] /ˈfloʊˌstoʊn/
noun, Petrology
a layered deposit of calcium carbonate, CaCO 3 , left by thin sheets of flowing water, as in a cave.
Compare dripstone.
Origin of flowstone
1920-25, Amer.; flow + stone Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It does not actually contain onyx, but rather a type of flowstone which has an appearance similar to onyx.
  • Contrasted with dripstone is flowstone-smooth layered deposits left along walls and floors by flowing water.
  • Flowing water also deposits calcite, making flowstone.
  • They are lined throughout with dense cave coral and occasionally some flowstone.
  • Sheets of calcite deposited on walls or floors by flowing water are called flowstone.
  • Sometimes the drip water will flow down the walls and over the cave floor creating flowstone or rimstone deposits.
  • People have accidentally broken cave formations and muddied extensive areas of white flowstone.
  • Water flowing over the surface of a wall or floor deposited layers of calcite called flowstone.
  • Sheets of calcite that are deposited on the walls or floor by flowing water are called flowstone.

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