Gorgeous Video Shows Crystals Forming from Up Close

Chemistry sure is a pretty science, especially in macro. Just check out the stunning crystallization process of things like potassium chromate, sodium chloride, ammonium chloride, and more. Each one is totally unique and packs its own flair, you don’t know how it’s going to end up until it’s finished. The colors, the structure, the wild design, they’re all basically their own precious little snowflake.


Yan Liang, who filmed the beautiful time lapse, writes:

The subjects of this project were droplets of saturated aqueous solutions containing various inorganic salts (e.g. table salt, sodium sulfate etc.). The evaporation of water initiated the crystallization processes inside the droplets, which were captured by time-lapse photography.



This kind of thing just knocks me out. Starting with the materials dissolved in a amorphous liquid, they crystalize out into these impossibly complex shapes. All that complexity is implicit in the atoms themselves, and they simply self-assemble. It’s enough to make you doubt entropy.