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Microscopic Time-Lapse: See the Crazy Chemistry of Reacting Metal

When describing chemistry, beauty doesn't usually come to mind. However, the scientists at Beauty of Science have made it their mission to change that through their incredible visuals of the world beneath the microscope. In this video from their "Envisioning Chemistry" series, feast your eyes upon the spectacular crystal forests formed by the metal displacement reactions of silver and lead.

Credit: Yan Liang/Beauty of Science. Follow Beauty of Science on Facebook and Instagram and visit www.beautyofscience.com for more videos.

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