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Credit: E. Wiebe

This picture shows water beading on a young conifer cone. The surface tension of water combined with the hydrophobic properties of the scales on the cone prevent the drop from spreading. This drop was close to the maximum size possible under the specific weather conditions in this situation (from brief observation). This cone is 18 mm long with scales about 2 mm across.

UVic / SEOS / Climate Group / About Front Page Picture / Water Beading on Cone Scales Last updated: Thursday, 28-Aug-2008 13:46:36 PDT
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