Description Salt crystals like these grow from colorless, empty-looking solutions. Inside each solution chemicals are dissolved in water. When the water evaporates these striking chemical patterns are left behind. The shape of each flower gives valuable information about the internal structure of the crystals and how they formed.Northwestern University Department of Materials Science & Engineering Tools & Techniques: Scanning Electron Microscope + colored in Photoshop
These images stem from cutting-edge research on campus, winning our annual Scientific Images Contest which goes on display in galleries across Chicago.
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