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Shapes of Water

Water, the most intricate of all the elements, has more to do with geometry than expected. Starting at molecular levels, water shows geometric structures that are fairly complex, structures given by atomic bonds, but also external, such as gravity waves. Have a look at a few of these geometric states:

A new type of ice

In 2004, researchers Falenty, Hansen and Kuhs unveiled a new solid phase of ice that has the lowest density version known. Known as Ice XVI, the 17th solid phase of ice discovered to date, it has a structure that can trap other molecules (green and gray below). Such ice cages, known as clathrates, are known to store enormous quantities of methane on the deep ocean floor. This type of structure is called Weaire Phelan, one of the most efficient honeycombs – a space filling structure so that are no gaps.

A new solid phase of ice that’s the lowest density version known – A. Falenty, T. C. Hansen, and W. F. Kuhs/Nature


Healing and evolving

There are claims that Hexagonal Water is found surrounding healthy DNA, whereas unorganized water is found surrounding the DNA of diseased tissue. (Jhon, M.S.,The Water Puzzle and the Hexagonal Key). Ionized, alkaline water is high on anti-oxidants and is supposedly found on many of the healing sites found on the planet, where various water sources are renowned for their healing properties.

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Structured hexagonal water

Although these claims haven’t been validated by the scientific community, water is still a very complex element and there are many unknown properties of it. For example, its behavior on human interaction , a task Masaru Emoto took seriously and lead a series of researches that compared frozen water crystals after they have been exposed to human emotions or words. His conclusion was that water is deeply affected by the human interaction, its molecular structure having a more simple and geometric shape when the words and emotions received are on a positive tone. Masaru Emoto’s studies are closely related to the implication of water having memory, a claim supported by many scientists (like Nobel Prize Laureate Luc Montagnier) and even proved in 2017 by a research team in Germany.

Water crystals under the effect of various words © Masaru Emoto


Given their beauty, uniqueness and unlimited diversity, Alexey Kljatov states on his blog that taking close up pictures of snowflakes is his hobby. Using various techniques, he captures thousands of beautiful, geometric water crystals, filled with subtle details and color transitions.

Snowflake macro-photography ©Alexey Kljatov


Snowflake macro-photography ©Alexey Kljatov


Snowflake macro-photography ©Alexey Kljatov


Snowflake macro-photography ©Alexey Kljatov


Snowflake macro-photography ©Alexey Kljatov


Have a look at how a snowflake’s structure evolves around the 6 pointed star, a time-lapse made by Vyacheslav Ivanov in 2014:

Mechanical waves

The movement of water, particularly its waves, can be described as a gravity wave (a type of mechanical wave), generated in a fluid medium or at the interface between two media. The path for the moving water particles is given by the force of gravity or buoyancy when trying to restore equilibrium. An example of such an interface is that between the atmosphere and the ocean, which gives rise to wind waves.

Mechanical wave – Unknown source

Bubble Magic

Before first bringing his performance to television in the early 80s, Tom Noddy spent over a decade developing a new kind of performance piece. Sitting alone with dime store bubble solution, a childlike sense of wonder and an adult sense of humor he brought a new thing into being: Bubble Magic.

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In this episode of The Code, on BBC Two, Ton Noddy showcases his practice in making these bubbles and he really amazes:



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