Science Stumpers

Girls' World - - Contents - — Courtni, 8, MA

Ev­ery snowflake starts as a sin­gle tiny droplet of wa­ter in the air. In ex­tremely cold weather, the wa­ter droplet will freeze onto a pollen or dust par­ti­cle in the sky and be­come an ice droplet. More ice droplets will then be­gin to stick to one an­other, form­ing an ice crys­tal. As more and more droplets at­tach to the crys­tal, it changes shape and starts to ex­tend out in six dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions. Even­tu­ally, all of the ice crys­tals be­come one big snowflake! Ev­ery snowflake has six sides, or points, but they’re each made from a dif­fer­ent num­ber of ice crys­tals. That’s why you won’t find two snowflakes that look ex­actly the same. Some are sim­ple and oth­ers are com­plex, but they’re all beau­ti­ful!

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