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   Undertoad  Thursday Apr 4 01:55 PM

4/4: Soda straws

You've heard of stalagmites, you've heard of stalactites. This is a relative: the soda straw. you've got a stalactite forming, right? If it happens at the right rate, crystallization can happen just along the edges of the water droplets. Then these things get produced.

(From the earth science pic of the day.)

I'm shooting for a second O-fer today as, like my image yesterday, there just isn't much to be said about this.

snagglefish  Thursday Apr 4 04:08 PM

sorry to ruin your record....

...but i just thought i would add one of those gradeschool how to remember tips:

stalaCtites grow from the Ceiling
stalaGmites grow from the Ground

datalas  Thursday Apr 4 04:18 PM

the usual one is that ...

Stalagmites Stand Mightily where as....
Stalactites grip Tightly to the Roof....

failing that remember it is bloody difficult to trip up and impale yourself on a stalactite...


dave  Thursday Apr 4 04:34 PM

the one i was always told was

stalactites hang <b>tight</b> whereas
stalagmites <b>might</b> reach the ceiling one day.

warch  Thursday Apr 4 04:42 PM

I just like to say, "spelunker!"

Undertoad  Thursday Apr 4 05:04 PM

Now, now, we shouldn't call them that, they have feelings too.

mlandman  Thursday Apr 4 06:53 PM

Wow, I can't believe anybody hasn't used this one yet, which I find to be MUCH easier to remember:

The mites go up, and then the tights come down.

_LMark  Thursday Apr 4 10:18 PM

The way I heard it

The mites go up, the tights go down.

Griff  Friday Apr 5 08:29 AM

Spelunker? No, I haven't even got her alone in a cave yet!

elSicomoro  Friday Apr 5 08:28 PM

Re: 4/4: Soda straws

Out of curiosity Tony, do you remember where that came from? It looks like something out of Meramec Caverns, near St. Louis.

froody  Friday Apr 5 08:44 PM

Re: Re: 4/4: Soda straws

Originally posted by sycamore
Out of curiosity Tony, do you remember where that came from? It looks like something out of Meramec Caverns, near St. Louis.
I saw a lot of soda straws at Carlsbad Caverns, NM. (Along with other cool stuff, like 30ft stalagmites.)

Nic Name  Friday Apr 5 08:55 PM

Scott Hollow Cave in West Virginia

Undertoad  Friday Apr 5 11:16 PM

You are correct sir. Scott Hollow Cave.

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