Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Snowflake magnified 36000 times

Yes, I'm sort-of obsessed with snowflakes - this is not the first time I blogged about them. Here's a fascinating series of images of a single snowflake, imaged with an electron microscope, ranging in magnification factors from 93x to 36000x.

I often try to explain to my son just how small scale is the molecular structure of the material world that surrounds us, but it's hard to word it so that a 8-year old understands it. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and these breathtaking pictures certainly prove the point.

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