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What you need to know about Crystals

Posted by Carla Grimaldi on

Crystals are solid materials with complex constitutions that have a highly ordered microscopic structure. Examples of large crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, and table salt. The scientific study of crystals and crystal formation is known as crystallography, and is the experimental science of determining the arrangement of atoms in the crystalline solids. The word "crystallography" derives from the Greek words crystallon "cold drop, frozen drop", with its meaning extending to all solids with some degree of transparency, and grapho "I write". Crystal's symmetry is constrained by the requirement that the unit cells stack perfectly with no gaps. There are almost 220...

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