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False-col SEM of collection of ice crystals

False-col SEM of collection of ice crystals

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False-col SEM of collection of ice crystals

False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a collection of ice crystals. Snow & ice crystals have a characteristic hexagonal symmetry. Each crystal is made up from water molecules, arranged with 2 hydrogen atoms making an angle of 105 degrees with 1 oxygen atom. The fixed shape of the water molecule means they can assume a stable crystal arrangement only when arranged as a 6- branched figure. Despite essential hexagonal similarity no two crystals are identical because their growth is influenced by temperature, humidity, air currents etc. & these conditions are never quite the same. Magnification: x600 at 6x6cm size

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Climate Cold Crystal Frozen Meteorology Snow Weather Winter Snow Crystal

This print showcases the intricate beauty of ice crystals, captured through a false-colour scanning electron microscope. The hexagonal symmetry displayed by snow and ice crystals is evident in this mesmerizing image. Each crystal is composed of water molecules arranged in a unique pattern, with two hydrogen atoms forming an angle of 105 degrees with one oxygen atom. Despite their essential similarity, no two crystals are identical due to the influence of various factors such as temperature, humidity, and air currents during their growth process. These conditions are never exactly the same, resulting in each crystal assuming its own distinct shape and structure. The magnification level of x600 allows us to appreciate the delicate details within these frozen wonders at a size of 6x6cm. This photograph not only highlights the scientific aspects behind crystal formation but also serves as a reminder of winter's enchanting charm. As we gaze upon this stunning visual representation from Science Photo Library, we are reminded that nature's artistry knows no bounds. Whether it be for meteorological studies or simply appreciating the wonders around us, this image invites us to marvel at the complexity and uniqueness found within even the tiniest elements of our world - reminding us that every snowflake truly is one-of-a-kind.

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