Formation of Snowflakes

Beautiful Snowflakes, Image © Vladstudio

Snowflakes spill from heaven’s hand
Lovely and chaste like smooth white sand.
A veil of wonder laced in light
Falling Gently on a winter’s night.

Graceful beauty raining down
Giving magic to the lifeless ground.
Each snowflake like a falling star
Smiling beauty that’s spun afar.

Till earth is dressed in a robe of white
Unspoken poem the hush of night. – Linda A. Copp –

Snowflakes or frozen vapors are the composite form of frozen ice crystals that fall through the Earth’s atmosphere. These symmetrical natural creations are made of ice, and can be understood as an individual snow crystal, or an amalgamation of some of them altogether, or larger aggregations of snow crystals falling on the earth. Simply theirs sizes and shapes vary and the transformation of their structure are created with temperature effects and humid conditions.

Formation of Snowflakes
Beautiful Snowflakes, Image © Vladstudio

The evaporation process from the water sources on earth, the transpiration process from the plants and the respirations of humans send water vapor into the air. When they reach in the height, these water vapors abridge into the fragments of dust existing in the air. They are further condensed into countless tiny liquid drops, and every one of such drop consists of one dust particle. In this way , it can be said that a cloud is a massive compilation of these liquid droplets swinging in the air.

A single  snowflake is a hexagonal prism, meaning thereby it is normally shaped in six-fold ‘radial’ symmetry due to  the six fold crystalline structure of ice. Although most snowflakes are not utterly in symmetric form.  The further discoveries of  finding identical snowflakes by photographing with microscope started in1885 by Wilson Alwyn Bentley and during his work he ascertained many varieties of snowflakes that are known today. The traditional use as a seasonal symbol by the Europeans and Americans is very common specially on the occasion of White Christmas.

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