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Old 23.03.2021, 15:28
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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.
Generally, dissolution reaction kinetics are not that fast to reach equilibrium (saturated with minerals) in the minutes it takes a drop to fall from the ceiling to the floor. But.....there might be a case where it happens, but I assume not that frequent.

@FrankZappa, I have Dreybrodt's book Processes of Speleogenesis, a modelling approach here in my desk. Need it for work
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