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Swirling Seas, Crystal Balls

Spirals of triangles crinkle into intricate structures

7:21pm, October 17, 2006

A field of triangles crumples and twists into a wavy crystalline sea. A crystal ball sprouts spiraling, labyrinthine passages. Faceted bricks stack snugly into a tidy, compact structure. Underlying each of these objects is a remarkable geometric shape made up of a sequence of triangles—a spiral polygon that resembles a seahorse's tail.

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