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Stalactites form on the ceilings of caves due to limestone being deposited by slowly dripping water.


This Demonstration roughly models the growth process: start with a square array with small random values, representing a nearly smooth ceiling; repeatedly select a few random sites and increase the largest of these sites by 1. Dozens of iterations later, some stalactites emerge.


Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




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