"A saturated solution is like a table which has some plates set out (dispersed dissolved particles) and other plates in a stack (sugar crystal). The balanced processes of dissolving is like taking plates off the stack to be set out. The crystallization process is like taking plates that were set out and putting them back onto the stack of plates."
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.