Macrophoto of a snow crystal

Macrophoto of a snow crystal

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a snow crystal showing characteristic hexagonal symmetry. Each 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 can 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 from cloud, through sky, to the ground is influenced by temperature, humidity, air currents etc. & these conditions are never identical for two snowflakes. Magnification: x10 at 5x7cm size. x5 (35mm size).

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Keywords: climate, cold, frozen, images, macrophoto, magnified image, meteorology, microscopic photos, snow crystal, snowflake, subjects, weather, winter

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