Macrophoto of 2 snow crystal joined together

Macrophoto of 2 snow crystal joined together

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of two snow crystals joined together during their formation. Both show characteristic hexagonal symmetry. A crystal is made up from water molecules, arranged with 2 hydrogen atoms making an angle of 105 degrees with 1 oxygen atom. The fixed shape of the water molecule means they assume a stable crystal arrangement only when arranged as a 6-branched figure. Despite essential hexagonal similarity no two snowflakes are identical because their growth is influenced by temperature, humidity, air currents in the atmosphere & these conditions are never identical. Magnification: x5 (35mm size).

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Keywords: climate, cold, frozen, joined, macro, macrophoto, meteorology, snow crystal, snowflake, weather, winter

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