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- Date of production quaternary
- Place of creation Wieliczka, Poland
- Dimensions height: 19−53 cm, length: 22−28 cm, width: 22−46 cm
- ID no. III/63/M
- Object copyright Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka
- Digital images copyright public domain
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Małopolska’s Virtual Museums project
This was used to identify a stalactite with an elongated, spindly-shape, hanging from the ceiling, for example, in a cave. It turns out that, in the case of halite, secondary crystallizations that grow from top to bottom can also take forms that are far from their classic appearance.more
This consists of crystalline halite in the form of a “shrub”, composed of fine salt crystals with an incomplete crystallization structure, flowstone, and having the form of a stalactite with small stalagmites. The specimen has a white, sometimes yellowish-red, colour. This was used to identify a stalactite with an elongated, spindly-shape, hanging from the ceiling, for example, in a cave. It turns out that, in the case of halite, secondary crystallizations that grow from top to bottom can also take forms that are far from their classic appearance. A good example of this is the dense “network” of flowstones and crystals growing as a cluster of small stalactites. Even more advanced development of such halite aggregates may already contain small stalagmites and even columns, while the whole specimen – due to its thickening, fine-crystalline cover – resembles a hedgehog. This is the original form of halite aggregations, which, with less careful observation, we probably would not associate with stalactites.
Elaborated by Witold Kuc (Kraków Salt Works Museum in Wieliczka), © all rights reserved