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SEA-SHELL

The circled surfaces generated by the circles centered on a conical helix, located on the plane passing by the axis of the cone, and with radii proportional to the distance of their center to the vertex of the cone, have a shape very similar to that of various snails or sea-shells.

Cartesian equation: ,
when the equation of the cone on which the conical spiral is traced is
(k = cotangent of the half-angle at the vertex of this cone).
For , each coil is tangent to the next; opposite |

The case m = –1/20 and k = 200 gives a shape very similar to that of the turritella! |
A real turritella |

See the same sea-shells thanks to Povray rendering.

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