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You've Never Seen a Snowflake in This Much Detail

Photographer Alexey Kljatov has captured a breathtaking collection of magnified flakes
Related: Earth, Photos, Winter

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013

(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)

As the saying goes, no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov's collection of high-resolution magnified flakes makes this widely-held belief more convincing.

The Moscow-based photographer captured dozens of structurally diverse snowflakes, showcasing the complexity of each one against a dull backdrop.


(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)


(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)

"This year I planned to save current temperature and relative humidity, taken from weather sites with all shooting sessions, but previously I [didn't] do that."

Shooting at a variety of different conditions is critical to Kljatov's work, as snowflakes form into different shapes depending on temperature and humidity at the time of their formation.

"Snowflakes are merely ice crystals whose shape are determined by the organization the water molecules are in when they freeze," according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Erik Pindrock.


(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)


(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)

"Temperature can greatly influence them," Pindrock said.

According to Kenneth G. Libbrecht, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, "snow crystals tend to form simpler shapes when the humidity (supersaturation) is low, while more complex shapes at higher humidities."

Dendrites, the common six-armed shape, form at temperatures between 3 and 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Hollow columns form at 14 to 21 F and needles form at 21 to 25 F.


(Alexey Kljatov/AccuWeather)

"It is even possible for a single snowflakes to be a combination of shapes as it moves into different temperatures within a cloud," Pindrock said.

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"But with so many variables to influence a single snowflake's design and shape, it is highly unlikely that two large snowflakes would turn out exactly the same."

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stellacardenas6

BLESSINGS TO ALL !!! MAKING THIS POSSIBLE TO OUR EYES....

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Tammi McKenna

Actually, a Vermonter known as Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (Jericho, VT - 1900's) began photographing individual snowflakes long before National Geographic or Alexey Kljato!

December 10 2013 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mielkele

The National Geographic did these magnified pictures of snowflakes YEARS ago. They are always beautiful but these are nothing new.

December 10 2013 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brittany.ford3

Our GOD is an awesome GOD HE REIGNS FROM HEAVEN ABOVE ONLY THE CREATOR OF THIS UNIVERSE COULD BE THAT AWESOME !!! For those who don't believe don't worry you won't see them in hell !!!

December 10 2013 at 9:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
defensearms

What God has to do with those nice photos? You brain washed ridiculous people...keep your religion for yourself and don't come preach trash here

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Funny !!!! Wow please go on . NOT !

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