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Kaolin Electron Micrograph

Kaolin (clay) is like a large collection of shingles - flat, wide and thin.


When compressed, these plates align as shown in the photo.


This creates a clay "memory" where clay will want to reassume this orientation if bent.


This also creates different shrinkage at each orientation. A stack of pancakes will get shorter as the water between them is removed, or as the butter melts. But the pancakes will tend not to dry less wide.

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