Stalagmites and stalactites

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What is a stalagmite and a stalactite? Well stalagmites and stalactites are rock and mineral formations found in caves. They look like spikes coming up from the ground and the coming down from the celling.

How are they formed? They are formed when various minerals are deposited by water solution that drip downwards from the celling. Stalagmites and stalactites develop over hundreds of thousands of years and never stop growing sometimes as they are formed a stalagmite and a stalactite will join together.

How to determine which is with? A stalactite hangs from the celling of a cave like an icicle well a stalagmite “grow” from the ground. When the tow meet, they become a pillar or colon.

Did you know? It takes from about 100 to 300 years for a stalactite the size of a marshmallow to form.

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  1. Marianne Willis says:

    Awesome post! I never knew that stalactites and stalagmites took so long to form – thanks for educating me!

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