Fernlike Snow Crystal

December 25, 2022


PhotographerWilson Bentley

Summary AuthorJim Foster

The lacy crystal shown above, as well as hundreds of other snow crystals, were first photographed by Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931). These photomicrographs are housed at the Bentley Snow Crystal Collection in the Schwerdtfeger Library, at the University of Wisconsin. According to the Lee/Magano system, this lovely specimen is classified as a fernlike dendrite snow crystal (P2e). Snow crystals are six-sided because the water molecules that form them are characteristically arranged in layers of hexagonal rings. This results in their stunning six-fold symmetry.


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Erin Senoz, Jim Foster