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Standard P1a Hexagonal Crystal, Front and Side

December 19th, 2014
It didn't start so symmetrical, but became so as it grew: This, the left crystal of the pair described two posts below, grew much more slowly on its basal faces (front & back in the left image). The way it grew, and its big difference with the crystal… more »

Lots of Hair Ice

December 19th, 2014
My older sister sent me this photo on a recent morning. This is hair ice growing from an alder tree. All of it grew overnight, formed when liquid water near the outer trunk surface (beneath the bark) froze. This creates an ice front in each pore-like… more »

A Crystal Pair, Several Views, and a "Man on the Crystal"

December 19th, 2014
One advantage of the new apparatus is the capability to grow up to three crystals at a time, each on its own capillary. It is also very useful being able to move each capillary around. Having success with a single crystal, we tried it with two, and much… more »