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Figure 11
The shell of an egg is made with thousands of perfectly organized calcium carbonate microcrystals. It is a marvellous structure, a perfect protein container and, at the same time, the ideal environment for the development of an embryo. Would you like to know how this structure, so attractive yet also so efficient, is made? Do you know what the study of its crystalline texture is used for? Can you think why such a thin shell is so robust?

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