Stalactites

Back to cave pictures.

The first thing I want to point out is that these are stalactites (they hold tight to the ceiling) and not stalagmites. But more importantly, they are not stalagtites. Until just recently I thought the only difference between the words were “tite” versus “mite.” I guess you can always learn something new (or finally correct something you’ve been wrong about).

And in the spirit of that, these stalactites, or more accurately speleothems, are known as soda straws. They take years to create and are some of the most fragile speleothems. Can you guess how they get their name?

I found these rock formations really beautiful, especially how it can take so much time to make something that is so fragile.

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