A Stalactite Begins by Michael John

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A stalactite (meaning “that which drips”) is a type of speleothem that hangs from the ceiling of limestone caves.

Stalactites are formed by the deposition of calcium carbonate and other minerals.

Every stalactite begins with a single mineral-laden drop of water. When the drop falls, it leaves behind the thinnest ring of calcite. Each subsequent drop that forms and falls deposits another calcite ring. Eventually, these rings form a very narrow (0.5 mm), hollow tube commonly known as a “soda straw” stalactite.

This feature was found on the roof of Palona Cave, a rare limestone cave within the Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia.

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I live in Australia and enjoy bushwalking in the great outdoors, especially the world heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park.

My photographic interests are pretty much related to Australian landscapes, rustic Australia, historic Australia, Australian wildlife, flora, fauna, birds, etc. Guess I love the country I was born and live in.

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  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsabout 4 years ago

    A wealth of information from the ex-science teacher. Nice one Mike.

  • Thanks Michael.

    – Michael John

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 4 years ago

  • Thanks Elaine.

    – Michael John

  • Elaine123
    Elaine123about 4 years ago

    please delete one of above have a bad day again lol

  • lol

    – Michael John

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkabout 4 years ago

    Nice close up Michael.

  • Thanks John.

    – Michael John

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenabout 4 years ago

    Wll captured Michael..cheers mate.

  • Thanks Wazza.

    – Michael John

  • Polly x
    Polly xabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Polly.

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  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayabout 4 years ago

    Wow, that is so cool! :O)

  • Thanks for the fave Vanessa!

    – Michael John

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    anum altafabout 4 years ago


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  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 4 years ago

  • Thanks Jaclyn.

    – Michael John

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