Birth of a snowflake in slow-motion (video)

The birth of a snowflake, in slow-motion video.

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  • 4th Turning

    Made my little pilgrimage to Concord awhile back.
    My belated latest hero from the same period is Charles Darwin.
    Am reading Darwin’s Sacred Cause. Highly, highly recommend.
    Especially relevant in view of nugent’s ‘subhuman mongrel’ ref.
    Darwin’s total involvement with earthworms is a delightful
    separate footnote-maybe inspired E.O. Wilson’s ant
    obsession?

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    Surely only Thoreau could have written something like this? He was known for his minute and reflective observations on natural phenomena; his description of a war between ants has long stuck with me.

  • 4th Turning

    January 6, 1858
    “I was feeling very cheap, nevertheless, reduced to make the most of dry dogwood berries. Very little evidence of God or man did I see just then, and life not as rich and inviting an enterprise as it should be, when my attention was caught by a snowflake on my coat-sleeve. It was one of those perfect, crystalline, star-shaped ones, six-rayed, like a flat wheel with six spokes, only the spokes were perfect little pine trees in shape, arranged around a central spangle. This little object, which, with many of its fellows, rested unmelting on my coat, so perfect and beautiful, reminded me that Nature had not lost her pristine vigor yet, and why should man lose heart?”

    “Your” in excellent company, John. Care to guess who this is or do you know right off?

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  • Drew2u

    OT, but here’s an article talking about the land-grab of agricultural land in the U.S.

    Also keep in mind that just-fine agricultural land is being razed for silica-sand mining for tracking, or is poisoned by fracking its self, or is poisoned by oil/tar spills.

    http://www.ipsnews.net/2014/02/half-u-s-farmland-eyed-private-equity/

  • Indigo

    Aha! I suspected as much.

  • Monophylos Fortikos

    The crystal structure of ice under standard conditions is hexagonal so all ice crystals formed in the atmosphere have hexagonal symmetry though not all forms are flat snowflakes. Flat hexagonal plates and thin prisms or needles of hexagonal cross-section are also seen. Also there are very rare arcs of light round the sun produced by ice crystals that are conjectured to be formed by crystals that depart from hexagonal symmetry: http://www.atoptics.co.uk/halo/lowitz.htm

  • 2patricius2

    Who would think that a creature so delicate and crystalline as a snowflake could become so powerful and overwhelming when joined with others of its kind? Who could think that humans, like snowflakes, could do the same?

  • Indigo

    Very pretty. Are most snowflakes six-limbed?

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