Soothing Nature • 42m
One of nature's wonders, a snowflake's hexagonal symmetry begins on the molecular level. Trillions of identical water molecules collect together in a cloud to form a single snowflake. Each molecule is comprised of just three atoms -- two Hydrogen and one Oxygen atom, H2O. Self-organization enables these simple ingredients to combine into intricate, six-sided yet endlessly variable designs. This repeating molecular structure classifies ice as a mineral. Photographs courtesy of Professor Kenneth Libbrecht at the California Institute of Technology.
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