Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox every week.      
The Kid Should See This

Go on a Snowflake Safari

The next time you’re going out in the snow, take a magnifying glass with you and see if you can find an elusive 12-sided snowflake… and if you don’t happen to see that one, take note of the ones you do find. Is it needle-shaped? Is it a capped column? Is it made of radiating dendrites?

In this classic Snowflake Safari episode of Science Friday, Flora Lichtman talks with CalTech physicist and snowflake expert Kenneth Libbrecht, who explains why snowflakes are how they are. Check out this featured Snow Crystal Morphology Diagram:

shapes-of-snowflakes

There’s more information at SnowCrystals.com. Follow this with SciFri’s How to grow snowflakes in a bottle.

🌈 Related videos

Drifting With the Ice: Life on an Arctic Expedition

Rion Nakaya

Instant Ice Crystals – The Secret Life of Ice

Rion Nakaya

Antarctica’s Ice Formations: Volcanic ice caves & undersea brinicles

Rion Nakaya

Ice crystals form on the surfaces of backlit bubbles

Rion Nakaya

Frozen bubbles: Ice crystals form on bubbles in real time

Rion Nakaya

Travel through Greenland on a dog sled

Rion Nakaya

How is an ice sculpture made? SciFri investigates frozen water

Rion Nakaya

Incredible Egg Geode

Rion Nakaya

The 3-million-year old Ningwu ice cave never thaws

Rion Nakaya

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe