The Colorful World Of Snowflakes

The Colorful World Of Snowflakes


We know that ice crystals are clear and snow is white, but if we take a closer look at snowflakes (or snow crystals) it can give us a new perspective into the colorful world. Luckily for us we have the internet, and with the help of snowcrystal.com we can further explore these physical marvels.

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Is it really true that no two snowflakes are alike?

The short answer to the question is yes -- it is indeed extremely unlikely that two complex snowflakes will look exactly alike. It's so extremely unlikely, in fact, that even if you looked at every one ever made you would not find any exact duplicates.

The long answer is a bit more involved -- it depends on just what you mean by "alike," and on just what you mean by "snowflake."


The site goes on to explain that working under different parameters of  "alikeness,"  "nano-snowflakes can be exactly alike," where as "small snow crystals can look alike," and  "larger, more complex snowflakes are all different."  Read More

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Types of Snow Crystals

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Image and info source: snowcrystals.com


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beccafly

oooo these are beautiful :D

tenkerasu

wow...suddenly reminded of that PC game where you have to save the world using weather - and one of the puzzles is putting the snowflakes in a graph by temperature. It's really cool, I wish I remembered the title of the game; it was one of my favourite games growing up. And it's totally old school but it's so much fun. Going to look it up!

:D

mangobee

Magnificent! Thanks for this article!

Linsomnia

When I was a teacher, we had the students read certain books based on seasonal themes. One of the best winter books ever was Snowflake Bentley. He was if not the first, one of the first to photograph a snowflake. He collected enough data to back up the "no two snowflakes are alike" theory. It's a great book for kids or anyone who loves snowflakes. It's filled with excellent photographs and explanations of his struggle to find a technique to get those amazing photos.



FYI for teachers: it is a Caldecott medal winner.



http://snowflakebentley.com/





The book...

http://www.amazon.com/Snowflake-Bentley-Caldecott-Medal-Book/dp/0395861624

bsbpostergirl

OMG I love Snowflakeeees!!

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