|Credit: Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture|
This incredible image of a snowflake was captured using a Scanning Electron Microscope at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland. The close-up image reveals the complexity in the ice crystal, the shape of which emerges as microscopic cloud droplets freeze.
Is it true that no two snowflakes are alike? The researchers say "yes." Snowflakes' complex shapes set in as they move through different temperatures and humidity levels, making each flake nearly unique in structure.