Limestone Rock Patterns

Doesn’t this look like ribs? Or shark gills? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t a petrified shark! But still, I wonder how these patterns could have come about?

It also bears a resemblance to the cave formations know as bacon, or drapery, but they require an active source of water dripping down among the limestone in a cave.

Found this on the Fanning Trail of the Blevins Gap Nature Preserve in Huntsville, where there are several of such rocks near the Bailey Cove Branch creek.

About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Software Engineer and part-time banjo instructor. My wife Miiko and I worship at Rivertree Downtown. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin and dulcimer at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play and teach Scruggs, melodic, clawhammer, and 2-finger styles. I'm also very keen on theology, being a Trail Care Partner with the Land Trust of North Alabama, photography, urban planning, architecture, astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, martial arts, and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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