No Two Are Alike
Everyone’s heard that no two snowflakes are alike. Although it’s hard to know if that’s really true, there are many different types.
Amazing But True!
- Snowflake shapes can be documented using a camera attached to a microscope.
- There are 35 basic types of snowflakes, including stellar, dendrites, columns, plates, needles, etc.
- A snow crystal is a single crystal of ice.
- A snowflake is one or more snow crystals stuck together.
With the links below, learn more about snowflakes. Then answer the following questions.
- Science Friday, Snowflake Safari (video): http://youtu.be/G9P26Bfuem0
- Science Thursday, The Science of Snowflakes and Why No Two Are Alike (article): http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2011/12/the-science-of-snowflakes.html
- Why do some locations grow more beautiful snowflakes?
- How does a snowflake form?
- Why is it that no two snow crystals are exactly alike?
- Why do many snow crystals have a six-sided shape?
- What temperature conditions tend to form plates? What humidity conditions?