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Stellar dendrite snowflake, light micrograph

Stellar dendrite snowflake, light micrograph

C048/0138

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4208 x 3366 pixels

35.6 x 28.4 cm ⏐ 14.0 x 11.2 in (300dpi)

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KENNETH LIBBRECHT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY KENNETH LIBBRECHT / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Stellar dendrite snowflake, light micrograph. 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. The two main growth patterns observed are faceting and branching. When growth is fast and unstable, branching patterns create a dendritic snowflake (seen here in a star shape or stellar form). Slower growth allows the straight lines and hexagonal shapes of a plate snowflake.

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