What makes crystals grow into their signature shapes? Dig into the atomic patterns and unique properties of crystals.
Many crystals have signature shapes— like the cascade of pointed quartz or a pile of galena cubes. Every crystal’s atoms have a defining feature: their organized, repeating pattern. The pattern isn’t restricted to minerals- sand, ice, metals and DNA also have crystalline structures. So what causes them to grow into these shapes again and again? Graham Baird dives into the unique properties of crystals.
Lesson by Graham Baird, directed by Franz Palomares.
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