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Fun Stalactite and Stalagmite Experiment for Kids

Date: 2015-07-13 12:00:00 am

Fun Stalactite and Stalagmite Experiment for  Kids


Inside the Talking Rocks Cavern you will find many interesting facts especially about stalactites and stalagmites on how they are created. Talking Rock Caverns offer many kinds of cave activities that are sure to give fun and excitement to visitors. Some of these activities include two-hour Powell Cave Eco-Tour which focuses on the geology of the Ozark Mountains. The tour includes a visit to glades and forest environments, observation tour, and of course the Powell Cave. Another exciting cave tour is the Wild Cave Adventure that takes you through the Indian Creek Caverns or the Mud Cave.

The Speleolab Cave Science Education Program offers educational opportunity where kids learn the science of how caves are formed. In this program you will know what kind of creatures live in caves and how stalactites and stalagmites are created. Below you will get to learn some facts on the experiment about why stalactites and stalagmites are formed in the caves. Before proceeding to the experiment, you need to learn that stalagmites are formed on the ground as water drops into it while stalactites are formed on the ceiling.

stalactites and stalagmites The experiment on how stalactites and stalagmites are created can be easily accomplished in any convenient area in your house or in the kitchen. If our mother nature takes years to create these wonders of nature, with this experiment you can create these wonderful things overnight. All you need in growing stalactites and stalagmites are some few things that are easily available in your house. To start the experiment you need things like Epsom salts, water, 2 identical glasses, string, 2 paperclips, spoon, bowl or pot.

To start conducting the stalactites and stalagmites experiment, fill the two glasses with warm water to the top. Mix it with Epsom salts, stir it until fully dissolved. Pour the water from two glasses already mixed with Epsom salts to the pot and heat it on a stove. It is faster to dissolve Epsom salts in a hot water. Avoid the solution to boil. Add more Epsom salts and just keep stirring until it is completely mixed.

After you have fully dissolved the solution in a pot through heating, pour it again to two glasses and  place both ends of the string to each glass. Before doing this, you need to wet the string and tie a weight end to end. Drop both ends of the string into each glass of water. The next thing to do is to put a plate between the two glasses, with the wet string hanging over the plate. And that’s it, you have now a cave of your own, just check it at least once a day to see if stalactites and stalagmites have formed. In this experiment, stalagmites are formed on the plate, while stalactites are formed hanging on the string.

Talking Rocks Caverns offer cave activities that can give you educational opportunity where you will learn how stalactites and stalagmites are formed and the kind of creatures that live there.

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