Snow Flakes Under the Microscope


Taken under high magnification using a microscope, these images bring a different world of snowflakes into view.

Snow Flakes Under the Microscope
Snow Flakes Under the Microscope
Snow Flakes Under the Microscope
Snow Flakes Under the Microscope



Snow Flakes Under the Microscope
Snow Flakes Under the Microscope
Snow Flakes Under the Microscope

Snow Flakes Under the Microscope

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  1. The mechanical design at even the ultra microscopic level suggests this is all a predesigned and unnatural construct we are “living” within.

  2. Sacred Geometry is the study of how the Great Architect merges the unmanifested spiritual world into the manifested material world using a foundation of simple geometric principles. This is a perfect example. Water, (H2O) as it freezes forms these basic hexagonal forms. It is worth noting that each of us reading this is 60% water. This is the stuff of which we are made! The striking variations at such a microscopic level are a sobering reminder of how such a diveristy in humanity can be acheived using the same building blocks. The more we are aware of this, the more we treat each other accordingly. The beauty is in the variety!

  3. ANDROMEDA STRAIN!!!! Like the multi mutating virus in the movie, different within every increasingly fast generation. Does anyone wonder if they have personalities that choose their shape?

  4. I can appreciate all of these pictures and the flake formation, apart from that second picture. It looks like it was engineered. That is an incredible image, a snowflake dumbbell 🙂

  5. I recently discovered that water can only form into 3, 6 or 12 sided flakes… any other number of sides or points are chemically impossible. ?

    • No, no, no. The symmetry of crystallized water at one atmosphere at temperatures we can tolerate is trigonal (three-sided). Most commonly twinned crystals are seen (six-sided). That is the symmetry of the smallest material that has the properties of ice crystals is trigonal. As micro crystals grow larger they may stay as single crystals and the shapes we see have the symmetry of the micro crystals OR they may grow in less than ideal conditions and the larger particles will lose the symmetry of the seed crystal. Then almost any shape is possible.

  6. Is the chaotic structure visible in the closer pictures is interesting. Is it a result of electron bombardment during imaging which erode the ice crystals? I had thought that crystals are a continuous building onto the existing molecular lattice, which reinforce the symmetry. If not, then how does the crystal structure re-emerge when the structure is once again being deposited on?

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