The mineralogical literature is full of images of crystal structures. These images provide a satisfying way to understand and interpret the results of a crystal structure analysis. They also provide a visual model for understanding many physical properties. For instance, an atomic-scale understanding of the cleavage in mica is immediately obtained once an image of its structure has been seen.

Now, however, with the advent of personal computers that can compute and display images quickly, it is possible to routinely create dynamic images of crystal structures, not only by simply spinning them about an axis, but also as a function...

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