Is it true that no two snowflakes are the same?

Yes. Snowflakes fall from the sky in an infinite variety of shapes, but no two are exactly the same. Snowflakes are made of clusters of ice crystals and most are six-sided (hexagonal). Rarer varieties with needle-like crystals (formed at particularly low temperatures) and columns (formed at temperatures close to freezing) are also found, but you would need a microscope to tell the difference. More than 100 years ago, Wilson A. Bentley, an American farmer from the small town of Jericho, Vermont, photographed snowflakes through a microscope. By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885. In his lifetime he photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes, earning him the moniker “The Snowflake Man.”


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