(Microscopic) Winter Wonderland
Most of North America might be freezing due to the Polar Vortex, but don’t let some cold weather stop you from enjoying this amazing display of geometric snow crystals, otherwise known as, snowflakes.
Under an electron microscope, these tiny specs of snow begin to reveal just how much detail and symmetry is in something as delicate as a snowflake. It’s amazing to think that such ‘structures’ can melt away the second they fall on our skin, or can be crushed to oblivion just by stepping on them.
The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), located in Maryland, photographs the hidden world of these delicate snow crystals. Hydrologists use their findings to determine the water content in snow during winter, which can then be analyzed to determine water supply and chances of flood when the snow melts. Aesthetically, the shapes these crystals create are pretty cool, with some, almost looking like parts of a machine, or a fallen city.
Whether you like winter, or really hate it, there is no denying that the formations of snowflakes are an incredible phenomenon; almost like there’s some sort of microscopic team of engineers up in those clouds, designing these intricate shapes.