The Slow 5 Step Creation Of A Snowflake

The transformation of a drop of water into perfection

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A snowflake is a single ice crystal that has grown large enough and may have connected with others, then falls through the Earth’s atmosphere as snow.

How snowflake becomes a “snowflake”.

The Physics of Snowflakes

The key element in how and why the snowflakes form has to do, in part with the fact that water droplets are so much more numerous than the ice crystals. Due to their sheer abundance, the crystals are able to grow to hundreds of micrometers or millimeters in size at the expense of the water droplets. The corresponding depletion of water vapor causes the droplets to evaporate, meaning that the ice crystals grow at the droplets’ expense. These large crystals are an efficient source of precipitation, since they fall through the atmosphere due to their mass, and may collide and stick together in clusters, or aggregates. These aggregates are usually the type of ice particle that falls to the ground.

A Final Thought

Snowflakes are, for me at least, physical perfection actualized. Here, the bigger, the better. The Guinness World Records lists the world’s largest (aggregate) snowflakes as those of January 1887 at Fort Keogh, Montana; allegedly one measured 15 inches (38 cm) wide.

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