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Snowflake, mega-magnified

Snowflake, mega-magnified

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, December 5, 2019/Categories: natural history, photography, art and design

You are unlikely to be thinking about snowflake structures while trying to survive recent severe snowfalls but the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is paying attention. The Agency used an electron microscope to scan a single snowflake and the details are impressive. Magnified 50,000 times, it looks like an industrial machine component, nano-droplets of water protrude from the ends of the structure. It is amazing considering no two ice crystals are alike.


      Snowflake electron micrograph, 50K magnification (credit: Agricultural Research Service)


However, perhaps not be too inspirational when digging out of a buried driveway.

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