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Monday, March 17, 2014

Lactose crystals

Lactose crystals under the microscope and in polarized light. 
Lactose crystals under the microscope
Lactose (magnification 80x).

Lactose crystals under the microscope
Lactose (magnification 80x).

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Alps from the sky


Last week I flew over the Western Alps and had this magnificent view. The area is somewhere on the German-Austrian border.

aerial photo of the western alps

Aerial photo of the western alps

Linked with Skywatch Friday and Ein Stück Himmel.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Lead acetate

Lead(II) acetate crystals under the microscope and in polarized light. Lead(II) acetate is also known as lead sugar or salt of saturn. In ancient times it was used as sweetener and produced lead poisoning in ancient cultures.

Lead(II) acetate under the microscope
Lead(II) acetate (magnification 80x).

Lead acetate crystals
Lead(II) acetate (magnification 80x).


Friday, March 7, 2014

Cane sugar under the microscope

Crystals of sugar made from sugarcane under the microscope and in polarized light (magnification 100x). 

sugar crystals under the microscope
Sugar under the microscope.

sugar crystal under the microscope
Sugar under the microscope.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Common Shellducks

Common Shellducks are uncommon in Southern Germany. I saw this group some days ago in the Brombachsee. There were also some Egyptian Geese, a invasive species in the area. On the Altmühlsee was a large flock of Black-headed Gulls and a pair of Yellow-legged Gulls.   

Lach- und Mittelmeermöwen am Altmühlsee
Black-headed Gulls and a pair of Yellow-legged Gulls.

Common Shellducks in Germany
Common Shellducks.

Common Shellducks in Germany
Common Shellducks.

Egyptian Goose in Germany
Egyptian Geese.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope and in polarized light (magnification 80x). Monosodium Glutamate is used as food additive (E 621). It is water soluble and forms a network of small, elongated crystals.

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope
Monosodium Glutamate

Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope
Monosodium Glutamate under the microscope.

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