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(Purportedly) Real Snowflakes

Posted December 27, 2007

We're told as scientific fact that no two snowflakes are the same.  I can't wrap my mind around that.  I mean, of all the snowflakes that ever have fallen and are falling right now, no two ever have been the same?  It's a limited amount of space we're talking about.  Surely, there must have been some duplicates.

Well, Yahoo! Answers offers this qualification:

In theory, two snowflakes could be precisely the same, yet the probability of complex water molecules in two different snowflakes being distributed in the exact same configuration is next to zero.  Even among billions and billions of crystals, the odds are unlikely.

I guess. 

Anyway, enjoy this gallery of purportedly real snowflakes.  I found this link on a reputable site that says these are real snowflakes.  But the link itself is to a Russian site, so I have no idea what any of this says. 


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  • Hip-Shot Dec 27, 2007

    The characteristic they all have in common is "6". You'll notice each one has 6 distinct points on them.

  • Drifter Dec 27, 2007

    I always loved this site personally. It lets you 'cut' your own snowflakes like you used to do in elementary school. Some people have really made some awesome looking snowflakes t'boot!

  • PookieYam Dec 27, 2007 Kind of rough translations, but still a cool site.

  • curiousgeorgia Dec 27, 2007

    Hi, Brian!

    Thanks for the link! Those are real, if you study them closely you can see that they are naturally imperfect, but oh so beautiful. If I can remember any more of my Russian I will try to send you some translations of the comments.

    All the Best for the New Year!

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