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32.3 x 21.1 cm ⏐ 12.7 x 8.3 in (300dpi)
DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DR JEREMY BURGESS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Wool. False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a sample of untreated wool from a Herdwick sheep. Two types of hair are visible; thin, solid (normal) hairs and thicker, hollow, insulating hairs. The broken end of one of the thick hairs reveals its internal honeycomb structure; it is filled with air pockets and forms an excellent insulating material for both sheep and man. Magnification: x40 at 35mm size.
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