Stalactite or flowstone

The Portland Limestone and overlying beds are rich with calcium carbonate and this is easily dissolved and carried in solution by water flowing through the rocks. It is also easily re-deposited, particularly where there are spaces or voids in the rock. In this case, the calcium carbonate has grown on a crack in the limestone, forming a ‘flowstone’.

Find out more on the rocks and pseudofossils page.

Common name

Stalactite or flowstone

Type

Rocks and Pseudofossils


Strata

Unknown

Time period

Quaternary

Age

Unknown

Where found

Unknown

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Portland Museum

Accession number

POLPM.1998.PM.F96