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(Purportedly) Real Snowflakes

Posted December 27, 2007 7:18 a.m. EST

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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