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travertine
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: tufa
CATEGORY: geology
DEFINITION: A compact, light-colored limestone (calcite) deposition formed by limestone in solution. It has been much-used in architecture. Stalactites and stalagmites in caves are formed from travertine. Fossils and other remains may be found in travertine deposits and dense travertine may sometimes be dated through uranium series dating and isotopic analysis.

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