Stalagmites in Mitchell Caverns, California

Stalagmites in Mitchell Caverns, California

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Credit: JERRY SCHAD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Stalagmites. Stalagmites are formed primarily in caverns in limestone type rocks. Water seeping through the rock dissolves the limestone. When it reaches a cavern, it drips from the ceiling and deposits the mineral. Stalagmites form from the cavern floor, whilst stalagtites form from the ceiling. When the two meet, they form a limestone column. Photographed in the Mitchell Caverns in California's East Mojave National Scenic Area.

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Keywords: cave, cave formation, caves, geology, stalagmite

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