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Flower in the Desert

Flower in the Desert
© Yukari Dan, Iwao Yamazaki, Tsuneo Akiba (Hitachi Instrument Engineering Co.,Ltd.)

A passionate flower blooms between rugged rocks. In fact, the features in the image are gatherings of minute ice crystals which formed in the specimen chamber of a scanning electron microscope. The beauty did not last long: The rocks disappeared in the surrounding atmosphere of 10-3 Pa and temperatures below-85°C due to sublimation.

At 51st photo contest hosted by the Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy in 1995.


Instrument : Scanning Electron Microscope S-4200 + Cryogenic System

Accelerating voltage : 1.2 kV

Observation temperature : -90°C

*All information related to these photographers is based on the information when the photo was taken.

*This work was presented at the "photo contest" hosted by the Japanese Society of Microscopy.

*Reproduction or republication without permission prohibited.

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