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snowflake images under an electron microscope
dec 27, 2012
snowflake images under an electron microscope


‘snowflake images under an electron microscope’

 

 

for those of us in the northern hemisphere, winter officially arrived last week on december 21, a date known to the
mayans as the end of a 5,125 year long calendar cycle. to celebrate the start of the season, designboom has selected
some images of snowflakes magnified under an electron microscope from the electron microscopy unit of the beltsville
agricultural research centre in beltsville, maryland. the following photographic series investigates different types of
patterns found in snow from close up.

 

 

image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

falling snowflakes were collected at -22 degrees fahrenheit on bearded mountain, west virginia

image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

100x magnification (top left) down to 1,800x (bottom right)
image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

 

two views of hoar crystals from a wyoming snow pit
image © electron and confocal microscopy laboratory, agricultural research service, U.S. department of agriculture

 

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