Bismuth metal 99.99% crystalline

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Bismuth metal 99.99% crystalline

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Bismuth could be considered a "gateway drug" in what eventually becomes the addictive quest of putting together a collection of all the elements. The way it forms gorgeously colored oxides and intricate patterns upon crystallization that recall alien cities makes them instantly wantable. But the metal itself is more than a one-trick pony show and can be teased into various forms.

This is bismuth's 'other' crystalline face. The better known crystals two slots to the left are made by allowing molten bismuth to cool down and begin to solidify. This cooling bismuth begins to shoot out multidirectional lattices like scaffolding gone crazy. The process is stopped halfway through to expose the still hot surfaces which then react so colorfully with oxygen in the air.

On the other hand, If the bismuth is allowed to fully solidify then this is what happens. As room runs out those lattices get compacted into each other without clear delineations of their structure and, of course, without there being any oxygen all of it remains shiny. However, if you were able to tease apart the many facets you would end up with those recognizable crystals. 

CAS 7440-69-9

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