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The Arctic, a crystallization time-lapse film

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Beauty of Science captures the crystallization processes and patterns of different salts up close with time-lapse photography for The Arctic. The film took around seven months to make and is titled for “icy sensation” of Earth’s polar ice cap. The filmmakers note: “We hope this film can remind viewers the stunning beauty of the ice world and the importance of protecting our planet.”

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In addition to the Arctic, Kottke.org notes other connections:

There’s a kinship between how crystals form and how towns & cities develop… Crystal, towns, and rivers all act according to similar principles governing the formation of things from points and edges.

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What do these crystal formations remind you of? Related thinking: Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten (1977).

Next: Metal crystals forming in time lapse, Crystallization2, and the birth of a snowflake (a snowflake melts in reverse).

Bonus: Beautiful Chemical Reactions.

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