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Offline rosalind dna

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I have always known about Stalactites and Stalactmites, but I am not sure which ones
hang from the roof of a cave and grow from the floor.


 

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Stalagtites grow downwards, and Stalagmites grow upwards. Harry Hill has a funny way to remember this..but it is too rude for a family forum.
 

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The easy way to remember-
Stalactite has a "c" for ceiling (grows down)
Stalagmite has a "g" for ground (grows up)
 

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Stalactite has a "c" for ceiling (grows down)

only when you can spell correctly! Thanks for not pointing my spelling error out  ;)
 

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You know what's really weird though?

Supposedly (according to wiki that is) both words come from greek:

stalaktites, (Σταλακτίτης)
stalagma (Σταλαγμίτης)

same word - same meaning: to drip, dripping or drop

I don't get that   ???
 

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Also what is the mineral that the Stalactites and Stalagmites consist as they form.
Limestone?
 

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Calcite (Calcium Carbonate), which is dissolved from limestone by water
 

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thanks
 

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The way I used to remember, "tights" hang down.
 

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I have always known about Stalactites and Stalactmites, but I am not sure which ones
hang from the roof of a cave and grow from the floor.



I always remember that Stalactites hang on TIGHT and Stalagmites  build up with all their MIGHT !
 

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