Random thoughts and rants.

Thursday, December 15, 2005


I've been reading about snow crystals and how they form...They are amazingly beautiful and intricate structures.

I got this picture from NASA's web site in an article about how soot in the atmosphere reduces the amount of light reflected by snow and increasing the effect of global warming. It shows a snow crystal under an electron microscope.

A snow crystal is the proper term for what most people call a snowflake - the big fluffy flakes you see are made of lots of snow crystals all stuck together.

This web site at Beltsville Agricultural Research Centre has some more pictures taken with an electron microscope:

If you're interested in finding out more about snow, has a useful primer and lots more beautiful photos. Posted by Picasa


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