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    Introductory intertitle reads: "Many chemicals, changing from liquid to solid, form crystals. A wire suspended in salt water soon becomes encrusted."

    M/S showing a crystal on a string being placed in a vase of salt water. C/U of the vase showing how the crystals form - image badly decomposed. The crystal is lifted out of the water.

    "Merely dull looking crystals, but the microscope reveals a scene of beauty as crystallisation begins." Microscopic footage of crystals growing through timelapse. "Like cut diamonds, bichloride of mercury crystals" - timelapse photography of crystals growing. "The photographers' friend - 'H.Q.' (Hydroquinone)." More crystals grow seen through timelapse.

    "While metol, another useful friend arrives with all the splendour of the northern lights" - crystals appear to grow from bottom left of screen.

    This is one of the NFTVA prints made from our decomposing nitrate.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:38:22:00 / 01:40:50:00
    EP 146
    Sort Number:
    EP 146
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    10 Billion Crystals
  • Stills

    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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