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Snowflakes are Six-Sided (not Four- or Eight-sided), and other Ice Crystal Shape Considerations

  • By Lourdes B. Avilés, Ph.D.
  • Dec 8, 2023

Lourdes B. Avilés, Ph.D.

For years, I've been keeping a close eye on representations of snowflakes, always thrilled when I spot the scientifically accurate six-sided ones but cringing when I see four- or eight-sided renditions. Although I usually keep this to myself, there was that one memorable craft show encounter where I had to politely decline a beautiful necklace featuring an eight-sided snowflake pendant, standing my ground for scientific accuracy.

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