Capped column snowflake

Capped column snowflake

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This image is part of the feature The Snowflake World Of Kenneth Libbrecht

Credit: KENNETH LIBBRECHT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Capped column snowflake. Snowflakes are ice crystals that form in air that has a temperature near the freezing point of water. If the air is calm, then a symmetrical, hexagonal snowflake can form, though the main component of most snowfalls is columnar ice crystals. The pattern of growth of a snowflake depends on changes in temperature and humidity. A capped column snowflake forms when a columnar ice crystal switches from columnar growth to plate-like growth. The plates form the caps on the column. This happens when a columnar snowflake is blown into an area of different temperature.

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