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Weather: Snowflakes and Frost

Is it true that no two snowflakes are alike? These sites answer the question as well as discuss how multiple crystals combine to create snowflakes. Also learn why frost forms on the ground. Includes scientific experiments for growing snowflakes, instructions on making paper snowflakes, numerous photos from the man who first captured individual snowflakes on film, and animated movies showing a crystal being formed. There is also a link to eThemes resources on avalanches and blizzards.


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This is a brief explanation about how snowflakes are formed. Find out why they have different shapes.
Read these questions and answers about snow. Find out how much snowfall is in Missouri cities and why snow is white.
Although this is an advanced explanation of growing ice crystals, be sure to scroll to the bottom and click on "Animated Gif" to watch how an ice crystal is formed.
This is the photographer who first captured images of snowflakes, proving that each is unique. Click on "Snowflakes" up at the top to view his images. Each image can be clicked on for an enlarged view.
These are instructions for making intricate paper snowflakes.
This is a fun interactive way to design your paper snowflake. With the eraser mode turned off, choose your scissors and then roll over the triangle piece of paper. The results will show you how this will affect the entire piece of paper. Click on "Reload" to start again.
This is a scientific explanation for why frost is formed. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site has suggested activities and children's books that relate to winter weather. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Try this science experiment to make your own snowflake in a jar. NOTE: The site includes ads.
This site lets you make a virtual snowflake by cutting up paper with scissors and viewing the results. You can also browse the gallery to see what others have made.
Learn facts about snow, read snow folklore, see pictures of snow, and much more. NOTE: The site includes a message board.
These sites are about avalanches and blizzards and how they form. Also includes information about winter storms and snow. Learn about rescue dogs used in avalanches. There are photographs and videos of these natural disasters.

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