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30+ beautiful pictures of Snow Crystals

Snowflakes and snow crystals are made of ice, and pretty much nothing more. A snow crystal, as the name implies, is a single crystal of ice. A snowflake is a more general term; it can mean an individual snow crystal, or a few snow crystals stuck together, or large agglomerations of snow crystals that form “puff-balls” that float down from the clouds. Snowflakes are not frozen raindrops. Sometimes raindrops do freeze as they fall, but this is called sleet. Sleet particles don’t have any of the elaborate and symmetrical patterning found in snow crystals. Snow crystals form when water vapor condenses directly into ice, which happens in the clouds. The patterns emerge as the crystals grow.

Nature exhibits creativity in every direction we can imagine. The more beautiful and creative they are, the more enigmatic it becomes to understand ‘Why?’. In this article, I will show some truly beautiful pictures of snow flakes which are astoundingly real and were captured using a specially designed snowflake photomicroscope. Nature knows its own geometry.. for sure.

I think thats enough Science for now. For a detailed information on how snow flakes are formed and to understand the Physics behind it, Please visit www.snowcrystals.com

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  1. December 1, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    Wow! I really wonder how they know there are no two alike. How could that be?

    • December 2, 2009 at 12:56 AM

      Well… the beauty of nature is ‘No two snow flakes are exactly alike’ …. The probability of two snow flakes being the same is very very very small, indistinguishable from zero, i’d say!!

  2. December 2, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    This is so awesome! I love these photos. Thanks for sharing.

    • December 2, 2009 at 2:20 AM

      Thanks for the comment…. More such articles coming.. 🙂

  3. December 2, 2009 at 2:30 AM

    I like the relative symmetry of the overall shapes combined with minor irregularities. Then, there are some that look abstract or cubist versus others that look organic like conjoined feathers or plants. And why, oh why–what is the physics or chemistry?–why do they end up not only hex-shaped but flat?

  4. December 2, 2009 at 3:00 AM

    hmm… that’s a nice thought. Well, I believe it has something to do with how the water molecules adhere to themselves. As a matter of fact, not all crystals are flat. Some are hollow prisms, while a few others are column shaped, but yes, most of them acquire the flat shape. You can visit this page for a detailed explanation.

    http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/class/class.htm

  5. December 2, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    The shape of the snowflake is determined broadly by the temperature and humidity at which it is formed.

    Planar crystals (thin and flat) grow in air between 0 °C and −3 °C.

    Between −3 °C and −8 °C, the crystals will form needles or hollow columns or prisms.

    From −8 °C to −22 °C the shape reverts back to plate-like, often with branched features.

    At temperatures below −22 °C, the crystal development becomes column-like.

    Hope the above comment was useful — (courtesy : wikipedia)

  6. 808lika
    December 18, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    These are lovely. I’ve never seen several of the forms depicted,here. Thanks so much for sharing nature’s beauty in beautiful photos. Aloha!

  7. pakpervaiz
    July 9, 2010 at 6:16 AM

    This images are amazing.
    http://wofgtg.blogspot.com/
    Thanks

  8. July 14, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Красиво спора нет )

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