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Li - Dynamic Form in Nature

8 9 AngulAted formed with angles The interlocking crystalline forms of riverice opposite top pile on to each other to create the appearance of geometrical confusion. In fact there are vestiges of order here, but they are occluded. The common crystalline habit of settled ice is expressed as hexagonal plates a fact recorded by the Chinese in very early times. This regularity is obvious in snowflakes, but in freeze thaw conditions a conglomeration of ice crystals of different sizes is produced that fit together as well as they can. By contrast, the finely laminated structure of clay shales lower opposite impose no order at all. Readily disintegrating under the action of frost and rain, they invite an entirely random network of crisscrossing breaklines. The aesthetic appeal that links each of these examples, and that of the section of bone below, derives from the attractive combination of geometry and pure chance.
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