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STALAGMITES


HOW DO THEY FORM?

Water dripping from the ceiling of a cave, or from a stalacitite deposits calcite on the floor, creating a stalagmite from the ground up.

WHERE ARE THEY FOUND?

Stalagmites are found on the floors of caves, often directly beneath a stalactite. Stalagmites are fairly common formations, and can be seen at all of our cave. These two examples are found in California Cavern's Jungle Room (top) and Boyden Cave's River Room.

HOW ARE THEY IDENTIFIED?

Stalagmites are vertical cave formations that grow from the ground up. They can be wide or narrow, tall or short.

Stalagmites and stalactites are often confused. Here's an easy way to remember the differences between them:

Stalagmites might grow up to the ceiling one day.
Stalactites hold tight to the ceiling.
For more detailed information on speleothem formation, go to our Cavern Geology lesson plan's section on speleothems by clicking HERE.

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