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Close-up of water droplets on a lotus leaf (Nelumbo nucifera) with the reflection of a lotus flower in the pond and the droplet, Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, Washington, DC. Due to the superhydrophobic structure of the lotus leaf (including micro- and nanostructures plus hydrophobic waxes) the force of cohesion between the water molecules is greater than the adhesion forces to the leaf, known as the "lotus effect". Biomimicry has led to many commercial applications.
- © 2010 Whimbrel Nature Photography / Elijah Goodwin
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