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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Snowflake, mega-magnified

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, January 27, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, art and design

People in the northeastern US are unlikely to be thinking about the structure of snowflakes while having to survive the current snowfalls but the Agricultural Research Service is paying attention to details. The ARS has released a electron microscope scan of a single snowflake. The details are impressive.


   Snowflake Electron Micrograph  (credit: Agricultural Research Service)

Magnified 50,000 times, the snowflake has an industrial component look with nano-droplets of water protruding from the ends of the structure.
It's a fairly amazing image considering no two crystals are the same.

Not too inspirational for someone digging out of a huge pile in their driveway.

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