Posted by Duncan Blanchard on May 23, 2002 at 10:11:44:
In Reply to: snowflakes posted by Krysten on May 22, 2002 at 19:19:42:
Good question. The six-fold symmetry or six sides to a snowflake (It should be called a snow ceystal) is due to the shape of the water molecule, two hydrogens and one oxygen. The shape or confuguration of the molecule is such that when these water molecules freeze into a snow crystal they are forced to form a crystal with six sides. It is the air temperature that causes the nature of the six sidesto be so different. Wilson Bentley never found two snow crystals to be alike.
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