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Daily Images | Stalagmites and Stalactites

Daily Images – Stalagmites and Stalactites. Of course, you know the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite that occur in limestone caves. The stalactite holds tight as it hangs downward like an icicle; the stalagmite stretches upwards with all its might. They grow in pairs, the slightly acidic water dissolves some of the limestone, carrying it downward. When the water evaporates, the limestone appears to have flowed downward. Some of the water does not evaporate until it has fallen through the air, and landed on the floor, the remaining limestone building the stalagmite. Sometimes the stalactite is missing, as they sometimes break off and fall; you will often see their pieces on the floor.

Daily Images | Stalagmites and Stalactites

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