Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Cave Flower Landscape

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_250

Synonym: Popcorn landscape

A cave flower is a karst cave depositional feature resembling a flower. Cave flowers are a type of non-gravitational water deposit. They form in dry caves with low humidity, and they generally have needle-like or dendritic crystals of calcite, aragonite or gypsum. They are generally white and appear like a flower cluster scattered on the cave walls or surfaces of other deposits. They have many forms and causes of formation. Cave flowers are common in China. The Xuehua (Snowflake) Cave in Gong County, Henan Province, and the Shihua (Stone Flower) Cave in Beijing are typical examples (Figs. 15, 16).
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