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Chemical garden

Chemical garden

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Michael L. Wong

Chemical garden
Chemical garden experiments simulate the chemistry of active hydrothermal vents. In the experiments, two fluids that are in chemical disequilibrium react with each other, and then mineral precipitates grow. These precipitates are analogous to the hydrothermal chimneys that form at sea-floor vents. Chemical gardens illustrate how non-equilibrium systems can drive the emergence of self-assembly and complexity.

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