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Possibly the chemical composition of the water varies so has an effect. One could imagine water entering the system with a low limestone content could transfer material from the stalactite to the stalagmite. Unlikely in the real world I assume.
Thanks for the Tuesday morning rabbit hole, guys!

Google Scholar shows lots of existing literature. Dreybrodt's theory from the 80's covers the calcite solution side of the story, whereas Rabani (in Nature in 2003) has covered the assembly of calcite nanoparticles into stalagmites and stalagtites.

Lots of other fascinating stuff on offer about the effect of seasonal variation and modelling the variation of isotopes in stalagtites to determine climate, etc.
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