False-colour computer image of snow flakes

False-colour computer image of snow flakes

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Caption: False-colour computer enhanced image of snowflakes. Snowflakes exhibit a general six-fold symmetry, dictated by the crystal lattice structure of ice. A 'perfect' snowflake would be a regular hexagon, so these beautiful shapes represent incomplete crystal growth. The variety of shapes obtained through the crystal growth process means that no two identical flakes have been observed. These images were obtained by obtaining a resin cast of the crystals, then creating a digitised image which was enhanced with false colours by a computer.

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Keywords: climate, cold, false-coloured, frozen, meteorology, resin cast, snowflake, weather, winter

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