Stalactites and stalagmites in cave

Stalactites and stalagmites in cave

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Credit: SINCLAIR STAMMERS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Stalactites and stalagmites in a cave. Stalactites (pointed, upper frame) are formed when calcium carbonate precipitates from water droplets as they descend from the roof of the cave. Stalagmites (limestone columns, lower frame) are formed from calcium carbonate deposited when the water droplets evaporate as they hit the cave floor. Some of the stalactites and stalagmites have grown far enough to meet. Photographed in Portugal.

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Keywords: calcite, calcium carbonate, cave, cavern, caves, column, columns, formation, formations, hanging, limestone, physical geography, portugal, portuguese, precipitated, precipitation, rock, stalactite, stalactites, stalagmite, stalagmites, stone, underground

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