Topics » Science & Technology   Dec. 21, 2011

The Science of Snow Crystals

Treasure Hunt

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Treasure Hunt

Crystal researchers can grow snowflakes in the lab, but Libbrecht prefers to photograph the real thing. "Ice crystals come in so many different shapes," he said. "It's always kind of a treasure hunt to go outside and see what you can find."

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