(1) The composition of stalactites and stalagmites depends on the salts present in the water that flows over them which, in turn, depends on the types of rocks over which the water previously passed.(2) In addition to wild orchids at every turn, the island has some of the largest coastal limestone caverns in the South Pacific, with stalactites and stalagmites forming monster jaws you can walk between.(3) The cave has some fantastic formations of great geological interest - stalactites, stalagmites , stalactones, cave pearls, ├ö├ç├┐cave milk├ö├ç├û.(4) Water dripped onto the cave floor from hanging purple stalactites, emerald stalagmites rose from the floor and everywhere evidence of supernatural beauty lingered.(5) At Lehman Caves, sign up early for one of the guided tours through an otherworldly half mile of stalactites, stalagmites , and twisting, straw-shaped helictites.(6) Only the tops of a few mountains were left above water, and some of these became the Balearic Islands, with limestone caves full of stalagmites and stalactites.(7) Shortly after a chamber with a small shaft off to the left, you need to slide past an impressive stalagmitic boss.(8) The growth rate of stalactites and stalagmites in many caves today is of course quite slow.(9) Originally formed by a subterranean stream, then flooded by the sea, it is a rare opportunity to dive in salt water among stalactites and stalagmites .(10) Stalactites and stalagmites connect floor to ceiling.(11) Meanwhile, souvenir-snatching tourists add to the damage, breaking limestone stalagmites and stalactites from cave floors and ceilings.(12) Speleothems (stalactites, stalagmites , flowstone) usually display a layered or banded structure in cross section, not unlike growth rings in a tree.(13) The passage then passes under a gothic arch draped with stalagmitic curtains, to the start of a traverse.(14) There were numerous pools of boiling lava, and stalactites and stalagmites joined to form crude natural columns.(15) The room following was swathed in green velvet, evoking a moss-covered cavern complete with stalagmitic and stalactitic projections and sand underfoot.(16) Normally the ground color is white but almost invariably veined by an unequal distribution of the coloring, or by the subsequent infiltration of metallic oxides during its stalagmitic formation - i.e. stalagmites and stalactites.