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A stalagmite (frae the Greek σταλαγμίτης - stalagmitês, frae σταλαγμίας - stalagmias, "droppin, tricklin")[1] is a teep o rock formation that rises frae the fluir o a cave due tae the accumulation o material depositit on the fluir frae ceilin drippins. Stalagmites mey be componed o amberat, lava, minerals, mud, peat, pitch, saund, an sinter.[2][3]

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  1. σταλαγμίας, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  2. Larson, Charles (1993). An Illustrated Glossary of Lava Tube Features, Bulletin 87, Western Speleological Survey. p. 56.
  3. Hicks, Forrest L. (1950). "Formation and mineralogy of stalactites and stalagmites" (PDF). vol. 12: 63–72. Retrieved 2013-07-08. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)