What’s the difference between a stalagmite and a stalactite?

Both stalagmites and a stalactites are elongated deposits of minerals at points where slowly dripping water enters a void.

Stalagmites build from the bottom of such a cavity; stalactites hang from the ceiling.

When the same dripwater source creates both a stalactite and a stalagmite, the two may meet and form a column.

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