Stalactites drip onto stalagmites, forming columns where they meet. Luray Caverns, Virginia, USA.
Stalactites drip from the cave ceiling and deposit stalagmites on the floor, forming columns when they meet. People stroll through pathways in Luray Caverns (originally called Luray Cave), a large commercial cave just west of Luray, Virginia, USA. Discovered in 1878, the Caverns are in the Shenandoah Valley just east of the Allegheny Range of the Appalachian Mountains. The underground cavern system is generously adorned with speleothems (columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, mirrored pools, etc). The caverns are celebrated for performances of the Great Stalacpipe Organ, a lithophone made from solenoid fired strikers that tap stalactites of various sizes to produce tones similar to those of xylophones, tuning forks, or bells.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download