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Art of Science Gallery 05

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Cypher ES Atomic Force Microscope

Xudong Guan
Core Facilities & Microscopy Suite

Funded by the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology

Calcite, a component of sedimentary rock such as limestone, forms in natural environments such as Yellowstone National Park. This image shows the surface of a growing crystal of calcite; the high-power microscope used to produce the image allows the visualization of individual molecular layers, revealing new details of the calcite crystal formation process.