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You may Never Look at Snowflakes the Same - Amazing photos!
01-03-2014, 06:44 AM #16
Wayne5 Member
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(01-02-2014, 07:11 PM)Softy Wrote:  Neat,,,works of geometry,,,

why six points,,,six sides???,,,

always six,,,

and why six rays from stars???,,,

always six...

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http://www.doublexscience.org/why-are-sn...six-sided/

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01-03-2014, 09:09 AM #17
Softy Incognito Anonymous
 
Hi Wayne5,

Good link,,,yeah,,,I already knew the answer,,,

Hydrogen Bonding of water,,,like that cold fusion thingy

on the other thread,,,from the link,,,

It’s interesting that hydrogen bonding causes snowflakes to be six sided (are you listening, Google?), but it carries far greater consequences than beautiful snowflakes. Breaking those hydrogen bonds apart so that water can transform from liquid to gas takes a lot of heat, so the boiling point of water is much higher than it is for other, similar molecules. Based on similar molecules, water’s boiling point should be about -80 degrees Celsius (-176 degrees Fahrenheit) (!) instead of the 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Fahrenheit) it really is (1).

As the water freezes, these tetrahedrons come closer together and crystallize into a six-ring or hexagonal structure. Look at the image to see how this happens. Each point on the hexagon is an oxygen atom, and each side is a hydrogen bonded to one oxygen. As the water approaches freezing temperature, the water molecules continue to crystallize in this tetrahedral arrangement.

But water does something unlike most substances. As it nears freezing, instead of continuing to contract, it expands slightly from about 4 degrees to 0 degrees Celsius as the motion of the molecules slows with the cold, and the hydrogen bonds extend the molecules to their fullest distance from each other.

And then there’s the fact that ice floats, which means that the solid form of water is less dense than the liquid form. It is highly unusual for the solid form of a substance to be less dense than its liquid. But because those hydrogen bonds force water into a pretty open, hexagonal crystalline structure as the temperature nears 0 degrees Celsius, molecules are not packed as closely together as they are at warmer temperatures.

This property of water is integral to life on Earth. When a freshwater lake starts to freeze, the ice floats on the top, insulating the water below and preventing it from freezing. The fish, plants, and other life in the lake remain alive beneath the protective and insulating icy layer. If ice sank instead, over periods of deep freeze during its 4.5 billion year existence, this blue planet would have developed an icy, inhospitable core.

http://www.doublexscience.org/why-are-sn...six-sided/

Water is magic...

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01-03-2014, 10:45 AM #18
Accidental Stoner Member
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Bless you, water.
01-03-2014, 12:29 PM #19
UniqueStranger Art in my heart
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I enjoyed both the visual beauty and the scientific explanation of the creation of snowflakes...thank you kritters. Just wondering JR, is this how far you must go (microscopic level) for a positive take on snow and ice? chuckle.gif
01-03-2014, 01:43 PM #20
White Ribbon call me
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ive never seen a snow flake falling from the sky.. is that really a snowflake under a microscope? those pics are amazing.. so symbolic.. nature is so spiritual in its organic delivery of love.. pass the joint.. damned.gif
01-03-2014, 01:47 PM #21
Octo Mother Superior
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Yes they are WR, snow is beautiful. You'd love it! :gotcha:
01-03-2014, 02:02 PM #22
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(01-03-2014, 01:43 PM)the white ribbon Wrote:  ive never seen a snow flake falling from the sky.. is that really a snowflake under a microscope? those pics are amazing.. so symbolic.. nature is so spiritual in its organic delivery of love.. pass the joint.. damned.gif


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