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If you are interested in knowing more about snowflakes and their basic science makeup, this book will fascinate you!
on January 16, 2010
Perhaps you've heard of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley and the magnificent work he did photographing snowflakes. Most people know at least one fact about them and that there are no two alike, but just how do these unique snow crystals form? Each snowflake "begins with a speck." These specks can be made up of many different things, including pollen, bacteria, salt, ash or bits of soil. These particles cannot be seen with the naked eye, but once "vapor sticks to the cold speck" and the process begins the end result can be seen.
In this book you will learn how these crystals are formed. Much of this process is dependent on things such as temperature, the amount of moisture in a cloud, and how fast the snow crystal forms. The most common snow crystal is the star-shaped one or dendrite ("tree-like"). Some of the crystals are shapes like plates (no arms), columnar, some have bumps, some are "twins" with twelve arms, and some are clumped. In fact, "hundreds or even thousands of snow crystals can be found in a single snowflake." If you are interested in knowing more about snowflakes and their basic science makeup, this book will fascinate you!
I was very interested in this book because I never really stopped to think about how snow crystals were formed. This book has a very nice set up and easily guides the reader through the "science" of snowflakes without becoming overly technical. Certain things that I especially liked were actual size depictions or dots of the crystals and microphotographs of them. The book is liberally illustrated with these photographs. In the back of the book is a nicely done section on "How to Catch Your Own Snow Crystals." What is the "magic number" for snow crystals? If you don't know, you might want to take a peek at this marvelous book!