Chapter 7. Speleothems

  1. David J. Nash and
  2. Sue J. McLaren
  1. Ian J. Fairchild,
  2. Silvia Frisia,
  3. Andrea Borsato and
  4. Anna F. Tooth

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch7

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes

How to Cite

J. Fairchild, I., Frisia, S., Borsato, A. and F. Tooth, A. (2007) Speleothems, in Geochemical Sediments and Landscapes (eds D. J. Nash and S. J. McLaren), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470712917.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405125192

Online ISBN: 9780470712917



  • speleothems;
  • cave environment;
  • surface landscape;
  • microclimate;
  • dynamic behaviour


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction to Speleothem-Forming Cave Environments

  • Distribution, Field Occurrence and Geomorphological/Hydrological Relations

  • Macro—and Micromorphological Characteristics of Flowstones, Stalactites and Stalagmites

  • Chemistry of Speleothems

  • Mechanisms of formation

  • Summary of Use of Speleothems in Palaeoclimate Determination

  • Directions for Future Research

  • Acknowledgements

  • References