FACT FRIDAY- Stalagmites and Stalactites

April 2020

FACT FRIDAY- Stalagmites and Stalactites

FACT FRIDAY- Stalagmites and Stalactites

🔹Stump Cross caves are the result of Greenhow’s specific geology, which has left behind passageways and spectacular stalagmites and stalactites.

🔹We can trace the words stalactite and stalagmite back to the Greek word "stalassein," which means "to drip." This is fitting because it describes how both are formed in nature. Although they look lifelike and a little creepy, stalactites and stalagmites grow simply because of water running over and through inorganic material.

🔹Stalactites grow from the ceiling downwards and stalagmites grow from the floor upwards.

🔹Did you know you may have some bits of stalactites or stalagmites in your own house? Construction companies commonly use limestone and other mineral deposits found in caves for building in homes. Onyx marble, a deposit found in stalactites and stalagmites, is a decorative stone that can be used for fireplaces, island tabletops and lamps, sinks, bowls and vases.

For more info you can visit:

https://www.britannica.com/science/stalactite

For further images check out:

https://www.visitunderground.com/stump-cross-caverns/

https://www.stumpcrosscaverns.co.uk/