Stunnning Time-lapse Video of Snowflakes Forming

Creative Visual Artist March 6, 2014 0
Stunnning Time-lapse Video of Snowflakes Forming

macro-big snow

Created by filmmaker Vyacheslav Ivanov this microscopic short video shows the intimate, individual details of fragile snowflakes as they form in their miraculous hexagonal forms. Robert Gonzalez writing for iO9 gives us an idea of what we’re looking at:

The ice crystal(s) in snowflakes owe their six-fold rotational symmetry to the hydrogen bonds in water molecules. As water freezes, water molecules bound to other water molecules crystallize into a hexagonal structure, where each point on the hexagon is an oxygen atom and each side of the hexagon is a hydrogen bonded to an oxygen. As freezing continues, more water molecules are added to this microscopic six-sided structure, causing it to grow in size into the six-sided macroscopic structure that we recognize as snowflakes.

Music by Aphex Twin.

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