Storm clouds boil upwards in a colourful sky, shot through with lightning in many hues. What strange chemistry is at work in this alien atmosphere? A microscope view of the mineral Fire Mountain Rhyolite from Australia.

(Formed by stacking two or more images at different focal lengths to compensate for limitations in the microscope optics.)


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  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheep10 months ago

    Gorgeous soft pastel colors and composition!!

  • Thank you :-) This material is made from extremely fine grains which is why it looks so soft even under magnification.

    – Stephanie Bateman-Graham

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