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Old 23.03.2021, 10:08
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Re: Ask a Scientist

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That was a comprehensive and pretty convincing answer from Axa. All I have to add is that it's stalagmite and stalactite; stalagmites push up from the ground with all their might, while stalactites hold on tight to the ceiling.


As stalactites feed stalagmites (literally, one drip-feeds the other), wouldn't the rates of growth of stalactites and stalagmites be positively correlated?
I think so. But water flows nicely in a stalactite, while water drops fall and there's some splash in stalagmites. Due to this stalactites are pointy while stalagmites have a rounder top.

Sounds like an interesting numerical simulation to do since the physics are known. Different water flow rates and see what happens
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