Snowflake

Snowflake

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Credit: EDWARD KINSMAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: This snowflake is of a stellar crystal form, also called a dendritic snow crystal. This form of crystal is made in a cloud when water freezes into ice around -15C. Snowflakes show typical hexagonal symmetry (as seen here) if the crystallization occurs slowly, in a calm air and in temperatures near freezing point; they are commonly flat and may have different shapes such as six sided polygons or stars.

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Keywords: climate, cold, crystal, crystals, dendritic snow crystal, dendritic snow crystals, freezing, freezing water, frozen, hexagonal symmetry, ice, ice crystal, meteorology, season, seasons, snow, snow crystal, snow crystals, snowing, snowstorms, stellar crystal, stellar crystal form, symmetry, weather, winter

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