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Name for toothed drapery?

Postby GroundquestMSA » May 13, 2012 2:36 pm

I'm writing a description of a baby cave we surveyed yesterday, and I don't know the proper term for this speleothem. Typical small drapery, with a sawtooth edge.

Also, I've asked before, but if anyone knows of a good source of descriptions for cave formations, tell me about it. I keep waiting to find Palmer's "Cave Geology" a bit cheaper than list; does it include thorough speleothem identification?
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby rlboyce » May 13, 2012 3:32 pm

Sometimes things don't have a fancy name. Maybe this is the case with this particular type of formation? I've always heard people call them sawtooth drapes.
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby agosnell » May 13, 2012 3:53 pm

I have seen (typical small drapery, with a sawtooth edge) in at least 2 other caves, so i would assume it is common. But I don't know the name of it. Other than drapery.
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby MUD » May 13, 2012 6:30 pm

:big grin: Dog-toothed bacon.
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby Anonymous_Coward » May 14, 2012 9:45 am

I have heard these called "sharktooth draperies."

Palmer's Cave Geology contains speleothem descriptions and is already a steal at $35. Most books of this caliber easily cost double that. You are unlikely to see it marked down for quite some time.
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby SuckinOnSodaStraws » May 14, 2012 11:09 am

The term used in a few books, including Caves of Colorado, is "sawtooth-ribbon". Hope this helps. Sounds like an interesting find!
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby SuckinOnSodaStraws » May 14, 2012 12:08 pm

GroundquestMSA wrote: Also, I've asked before, but if anyone knows of a good source of descriptions for cave formations, tell me about it. I keep waiting to find Palmer's "Cave Geology" a bit cheaper than list; does it include thorough speleothem identification?


http://home.mira.net/~gnb/caving/glossary/index.html#cont
Glossary full of caving and speleo- terms.
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Re: Name for toothed drapery?

Postby William Tucker » May 15, 2012 7:29 am

GroundquestMSA wrote:I'm writing a description of a baby cave we surveyed yesterday, and I don't know the proper term for this speleothem. Typical small drapery, with a sawtooth edge.

Also, I've asked before, but if anyone knows of a good source of descriptions for cave formations, tell me about it. I keep waiting to find Palmer's "Cave Geology" a bit cheaper than list; does it include thorough speleothem identification?


This is not exactly what you are looking for but it is headed in that direction. Lubbock Area Grotto started a project a while ago to develop a detailed description of the Carlsbad Cavern Cave Inventory Form with relevant photographs and descriptions useful for in-cave identification of the items on that form. The medium is a wiki (much like Wikipedia). You can read about it here: http://wiki.lubbockareagrotto.org/index ... _inventory. There you can download the latest copy of the book and there are instructions for how to contribute to it, too. The book is updated as new information is added to the wiki.

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