stalagmite vs stalactite

stalagmite stalactite

Definitions

  • 1) geology A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that lie on the ground of a cave.
  • 2) A conical mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
  • 3) (Geol.) A deposit more or less resembling an inverted stalactite, formed by calcareous water dropping on the floors of caverns; hence, a similar deposit of other material.
  • 4) a cylinder of calcium carbonate projecting upward from the floor of a limestone cave
  • 5) Carbonate of lime deposited on the floor of a cavern. See stalactite.

Definitions

  • 1) geology A mineral deposit of calcium carbonate, in shapes similar to icicles, that hangs from the roof of a cave.
  • 2) An icicle-shaped mineral deposit, usually calcite or aragonite, hanging from the roof of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
  • 3) In an extended sense, any mineral or rock of similar form and origin.
  • 4) A pendent cone or cylinder of calcium carbonate resembling an icicle in form and mode of attachment. Stalactites are found depending from the roof or sides of caverns, and are produced by deposition from waters which have percolated through, and partially dissolved, the overlying limestone rocks.
  • 5) a cylinder of calcium carbonate hanging from the roof of a limestone cave
  • 6) In decorative architecture of certain schools, a pendent ornament with sharp edges and generally one of many in a group.
  • 7) A deposit of carbonate of lime, usually resembling in form a huge icicle, which hangs from the roof of a cave or subterranean rock-opening, where it has been slowly formed by deposition from calcareous water trickling downward through cracks or openings in the rocks above.
  • 8) A similar form of some other mineral species, such as are occasionally observed, for example, of chalcedony, limonite, etc., but only sparingly and on a small scale.
  • 9) A like form of lava sometimes observed in connection with volcanic outflows.

Examples

  • 1) I gaze at the solitary stalagmite of calcified chewing gum six inches in front of my face and wonder whether this was such a good idea.
  • 2) Using a shoelace from her pack she looped the light around the slender tip of a head-high stalagmite.
  • 3) : A 1,800-year-old stalagmite from a Chinese cave has revealed that, in the past, warmer years were associated with stronger East Asian monsoons.
  • 4) The findings come from 1,800-year record of the Asian monsoon preserved in a stalagmite from a Chinese cave.
  • 5) The top of the stalagmite was a bulbous shape that extended out from the curve.
  • 6) Surrounding the stalagmite was a large number of artifacts, including sherds of high-quality Hellenistic Greek and Illyrian pottery.
  • 7) And that, in some cases at least, this cave residence ended a very long time ago, we are assured, for since then a great thickness of stalagmite, which is deposited with extreme slowness, has spread over the lower cave deposits and sealed them in.
  • 8) The piety commended is, in either case, a kind of stalagmite piety, built up from below, with the disadvantage of no drippings from above; a really cavernous formation, upon which the’ true light of day never shone.
  • 9) Sajjad Hussain/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Devotees flock to the holy cave to pay homage to an ice stalagmite associated with the Hindu God Shiva.
  • 10) Still, the Union Square staple serves up decent inexpensive food, and we had just arrived in time to see disgruntled chess players, skaters skipping class at NYU and that woman who practically lives in the park selling stalagmite candle holders scatter to the pounding rhythm of the sudden monsoon.
  • 11) Caves of Aven ArmandThree years on, our granddaughter now 11 has not forgotten her visit to this spectacular cave, home to the world's largest known stalagmite which, throughout its 30 metres, sparkles like a diamond.
  • 12) ‘Icicles, stalactites, stalagmites, lava tubes, and some crystals may be considered cylindrical, but the rest of the nonbiotic Universe has other shapes.’
  • 13) ‘Meanwhile, souvenir-snatching tourists add to the damage, breaking limestone stalagmites and stalactites from cave floors and ceilings.’
  • 14) ‘Water dripped onto the cave floor from hanging purple stalactites, emerald stalagmites rose from the floor and everywhere evidence of supernatural beauty lingered.’
  • 15) ‘Only the tops of a few mountains were left above water, and some of these became the Balearic Islands, with limestone caves full of stalagmites and stalactites.’
  • 16) ‘The composition of stalactites and stalagmites depends on the salts present in the water that flows over them which, in turn, depends on the types of rocks over which the water previously passed.’
  • 17) ‘Originally formed by a subterranean stream, then flooded by the sea, it is a rare opportunity to dive in salt water among stalactites and stalagmites.’
  • 18) ‘The growth rate of stalactites and stalagmites in many caves today is of course quite slow.’
  • 19) ‘Speleothems (stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone) usually display a layered or banded structure in cross section, not unlike growth rings in a tree.’
  • 20) ‘Rain and sea spray shaped this limestone into cliffs and tunnelled into the rock, creating numerous caves in which calcium deposits formed surprisingly shaped stalactites and stalagmites.’
  • 21) ‘Stalactites and stalagmites connect floor to ceiling.’
  • 22) ‘I vaguely make out outlines of stalagmites and stalactites connecting floor to ceiling, but little else.’
  • 23) ‘There were numerous pools of boiling lava, and stalactites and stalagmites joined to form crude natural columns.’
  • 24) ‘The cave has some fantastic formations of great geological interest - stalactites, stalagmites, stalactones, cave pearls, ‘cave milk’.’
  • 25) ‘There are fine straw stalactites, tall and graceful columns and numerous stalagmites sprouting up from the floor, with the splendid scene all carefully illuminated.’
  • 26) ‘It's worth walking the wooden track among the stalactites and stalagmites deep inside the hill.’
  • 27) ‘At Lehman Caves, sign up early for one of the guided tours through an otherworldly half mile of stalactites, stalagmites, and twisting, straw-shaped helictites.’
  • 28) ‘The cave is millions of years old and there are many stalagmites and stalactites that still drip.’
  • 29) ‘There were rudimentary stalactites and stalagmites protruding from ceiling and floor, like the teeth of some gargantuan creature's mouth.’
  • 30) ‘He has also shown through his research that stalagmites in caves do not require a long time to form.’
  • 31) ‘In addition to wild orchids at every turn, the island has some of the largest coastal limestone caverns in the South Pacific, with stalactites and stalagmites forming monster jaws you can walk between.’

Examples

  • 1) Her shoulder brushed a fragile stalactite, sending it crashing to the ground.
  • 2) ‘Originally formed by a subterranean stream, then flooded by the sea, it is a rare opportunity to dive in salt water among stalactites and stalagmites.’
  • 3) ‘When a stalactite or stalagmite is deposited it contains a large amount of uranium and no thorium because of differences in the chemical behaviour of these elements.’
  • 4) ‘He was in a cave, stalactites and stalagmites all around him.’
  • 5) ‘Our path is frequently obstructed by various cave things like stalactites, stalagmites, and blind butterbats.’
  • 6) ‘There were numerous pools of boiling lava, and stalactites and stalagmites joined to form crude natural columns.’
  • 7) ‘His sharp eyes listened to the drops of limestone water forming new stalactites and stalagmites.’
  • 8) ‘We had plenty of time to admire the water clarity, the stalactites and stalagmites and the view of trees framed by the entrance.’
  • 9) ‘Limestone dissolved by trickling water has formed both stalagmites and stalactites, and the beauty of the Cave is notable in its own right.’
  • 10) ‘Only the tops of a few mountains were left above water, and some of these became the Balearic Islands, with limestone caves full of stalagmites and stalactites.’
  • 11) ‘He collected a stalactite from an underwater cave.’
  • 12) ‘Right below the stalactites, some stalagmites are forming.’
  • 13) ‘The largest developed limestone cave in Idaho, Minnetonka Cave offers a variety of stalactites and stalagmites within its walls.’
  • 14) ‘Calcite, or calcium carbonate, is the main constituent of limestone and of cave formations such as stalagmites and stalactites.’
  • 15) ‘A rough circle of stalactites and stalagmites dominated the centre of the cave, looking for all the world like a set of stone, needle-like teeth.’
  • 16) ‘In the caves there are marvellous stalactites and stalagmites, which must place these caves amongst the most beautiful in the world.’
  • 17) ‘She gazed at the stalactites and stalagmites lining the floors and ceiling of the cave.’
  • 18) ‘The caves also contain stalagmites and stalactites which can only be seen in limestone caves.’
  • 19) ‘The beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations in the cave are a sight one would seldom get to see in a lifetime.’
  • 20) ‘It is a fairytale world of weirdly shaped hills, as well as spectacular caverns of stalagmites and stalactites in endless shapes and forms.’
  • 21) ‘Stalagmites rise from shelves in the side of the cave and stalactites drop to just clear of my head.’
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