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Li - Dynamic Form in Nature

44 45 vArIegAtus spots, speckles and scrawls One of the most universal and familiar formative processes is the tendency to form clusters of all kinds. In the inorganic world this is typified by the sort of variegated, clumping effects that we observe in magmatic rocks below left, and the fractalline tremas of surfactant films below right. In busy natural environments, variegated forms of one kind or another provide much of the background, so it is hardly surprising that the creatures that inhabit them adopt similar configurations as cryptic markings. The skinpatterns of various frogs and toads top row opposite provide a particularly rich field of these sort of multiform li. Equally intriguing formations can be found in subjects as diverse as the wing cases of insects Goliath beetle, centre left and seashells Tiger cowrie, centre right. The eggs of most groundnesting birds also need to blend with their surroundings, so these provide another, extensive range of mottled li. The lower row opposite shows Oystercatcher, Common Murre, Razorbill and Black Guillemot eggs.
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