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Todays question: How or Why.


Chronos the 2nd

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Is it that uncountable amounts of snowflakes fall from the sky and yet each one is different? Or so the scientists would have us believe.

I would imagine it more than possible that there have been two, or more, snowflakes exactly the same. I think the chances of seeing this is pretty slim but that does not make it impossible.

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Chronos the 2nd

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"We’ve all heard that no two snowflakes are alike, and that’s true of the star-shaped ones.

On the other hand, column-type snowflakes have simple, solid prism shapes – much as if you cut a section out of a lead pencil. While the ratio of their length to thickness can vary, column-type snowflakes don’t have a complicated structure. Many are very much alike."

My thanks to:

Dr. Charles Knight

National Centre for Atmospheric Research

Boulder, CO

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carver

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"Many are very much alike" but that does not mean identical

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fourm member

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This article sets out the answer pretty well.

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Quickbeam

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Do the railways ever use nano-snowflakes as an excuse for very minor delays?

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carver

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Quickbeam yes they do not conform to railway standards

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