Stellar Dendrite Snow Crystals

April 10, 2008


Provided and copyright by: George Anderson, MAD Technician
Summary authors & editors: George Anderson, Jim Foster 

No two snowflakes are alike because their brief histories are different. A quick glance at this photo shows a grouping of predominantly stellar dendrite snow crystals, and indeed no one crystal is truly identical to any other. Although these crystals had fallen in the previous four minutes, sublimation had already taken its toll and combined with the tumbling and collisions as they fell to the ground, they've more like cousins then siblings. Photo taken on January 4, 2008 from Montreal, Canada

Related Links:
The Schwerdtfeger Library (Bentley Collection)  
About Snow and Ice
Electron Microscope Snow Crystals
The Wilson A. Bentley Snow Crystal Collection of the Buffalo Museum of Science