Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Nature is Cool, Complex and Beautiful

There are some awesome pics of snowflakes making the rounds on teh interwebs this week. These images are from the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Maryland. They used a Low Temperature Scanning Electronic Microscope (LT-SEM) to capture these amazing images of water crystals. Can you imagine the fragility of these snowflakes!?! These pictures are amazing examples of the wonders of nature - so beautiful, and so geometric. It's hard to believe that these form naturally.

Images courtesy of the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture.

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