Snowflake Landscapes Created in Snow by Simon Beck (Video)
Snowflake Scientist Reveals Secrets Behind Shapes
French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes penned the first detailed account of snow crystal structure in 1637. Three and a half centuries - and countless blizzards - since, scientists still can't fully explain how snowflakes form their unique shapes.
Sketch of a snow crystal by Rene Descartes
A snowflake is either a single ice crystal or an aggregation of ice crystals which falls through the Earth's atmosphere. They begin as snow crystals which develop when microscopic supercooled cloud droplets freeze. Snowflakes come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Complex shapes emerge as the flake moves through differing temperature and humidity regimes, such that individual snowflakes are nearly unique in structure. Snowflakes encapsulated in rime form balls known as graupel. Snowflakes appear white in color despite being made of clear ice. This is due to diffuse reflection of the whole spectrum of light by the small crystal facets.
Snowflakes form in a wide variety of intricate shapes, leading to the popular expression that "no two are alike". Although possible, it is very unlikely for any two randomly selected snowflakes to appear exactly alike due to the many changes in temperature and humidity the crystal experiences during its fall to earth. Initial attempts to find identical snowflakes by photographing thousands of them with a microscope from 1885 onward by Wilson Alwyn Bentley found the wide variety of snowflakes we know about today. In 1988, Nancy Knight was documenting snowflakes for the National Center for Atmospheric Research and found two identical snowflakes of the hollow column type, though it was subsequently clarified that the snowflakes were, with near certainty, distinct at the atomic level.
Snowflakes and Sacred GeometryCharles Gilchrist
"Snow Flake in Nature's First Pattern"
A Snowflake is a Mandala.
A poem by Elisa White, A Reader of Crystalinks
Delicate icicles dangle in delight.
Each frozen finger depicts a tiny light.
Encapsulated in nature's preservation of time
A water droplet becomes crystallization sublime.
Such pauses of reflection and awesome glory
Find their splendor in the icicle's simple story.
Take time to hear her speak a word heart felt,
Before the sunshine does her beauty melt.
Her still small voice holds secrets untold-
Do not fear the chills of bitter cold.
Life's winters bring lessons upon which a soul can grow
As do melted icicles over heaps of bitter snow.
Refreshing the ground like a soothing ointment,
Leaving behind winter's disappointment,
Softening the seeds ready to burst into radiant flowers,
Comforting the heart through its anguished hours.
Consciousness Frozen in Time
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