Few of us rarely look beyond the vast blanket of white to consider each individual snow crystal. In fact, there are thirty-five different types of snowflakes, ranging from hexagonal plates, branched stars, and radiating dendrites, the softest and largest kind out there.
The first snowflake enthusiast to discover and capture their intricate, geometric forms was Wilson Bentley, who perfected a way of photographing the crystals on black velvet before they melted. Uchiro Nakaya was the first physicist to examine the science behind snow crystals, documenting the unique path each snowflake makes as it forms based on changing temperatures.
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