Snow crystal
 
Snowflakes take a great many different crystal shapes. The snow crystal seen above is of a type known as stellar plates.

These common snowflakes are thin, plate-like crystals with six broad arms that form a star-like shape.  Their faces are often decorated with amazingly elaborate and symmetrical markings. [Source]

For more examples of snow crystals and a Guide to Snowflakes see here. For some short time-lapse movies of snowflakes growing in the laboratory see here. For a primer on the basic facts of snowflakes and snow crystals see here. For a more advanced paper on the physics of snow crystals see here.

Snow crystal

 

Snowflakes take a great many different crystal shapes. The snow crystal seen above is of a type known as stellar plates.

These common snowflakes are thin, plate-like crystals with six broad arms that form a star-like shape.  Their faces are often decorated with amazingly elaborate and symmetrical markings. [Source]

For more examples of snow crystals and a Guide to Snowflakes see here. For some short time-lapse movies of snowflakes growing in the laboratory see here. For a primer on the basic facts of snowflakes and snow crystals see here. For a more advanced paper on the physics of snow crystals see here.

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