Science of snowflakes


Caltech physicist Ken Libbrecht wrote the book on snowflakes. In fact, he is the author of several, including the Field Guide to Snowflakes and The Secret Life of a Snowflake. We've posted before about Libbrecht's work and now he's the subject of a Smithsonian profile, The Art and Science of Growing Snowflakes in a Lab. Below, a fantastic animated gif of a snowflake's growth, accelerated.

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