We are used to tossing the snow around and building giant
genitals snowmen out of it. But let's switch things up—let's take a second and admire it. After all, there are only so many white days in a year. Assuming you aren't living too far from the equator and too high above sea level, of course.
Bored Panda compiled a list of (oddly) satisfying photos to show you that snow and ice can soothe your soul more than you ever thought, so continue scrolling and let your problems drift away into the vast, cold distance until you forget them completely. At least for a few minutes.
Snow Clinging On To The Branches Of A Tree, Finland
Checking out all these gorgeous pics, I remembered a cool saying I have been hearing my whole life: no two snow crystals are alike. I have to admit, I never looked it up. Probably because that sounded so cool, I didn't want to find out whether it was true or not. However, it's time we put this question to rest.
Turns out, the scientific consensus states that the likelihood of two large snow crystals being identical is zero. The probability that two snow crystals (a single ice crystal) or flakes (a snow crystal or multiple snow crystals stuck together) will be exactly alike in molecular structure and in appearance, is very, very minute.
The Ice Neatly Folded Itself
Each winter, about 1 septillion (1, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000 or a trillion trillion) snow crystals drop from the sky. To go through all of them would be quite an exhausting task. So, people rely on cloud physicists, crystallographers, and meteorologists to explain why there are no two snow crystals alike.
First, we need to keep in mind that not all water molecules are exactly alike. According to this paper in The Library Of Congress, "Water molecules have two hydrogen molecules with one 16O atom. However, not all water molecules will have this arrangement. Some water molecules will have an atom of deuterium in place of one of the hydrogen atoms and some water molecules will have an atom of 18O. Since the molecular makeup of snow crystals varies greatly from one to another, it follows that each snow crystal will be slightly different."
Fresh Snow Over Christmas Lights
Also, the unique and complex features of snow crystals are very much affected by unstable atmospheric conditions. Snow crystals are sensitive to temperature and will change in shape and design as they fall to the ground and are exposed to weather fluctuations. To have two snow crystals or flakes that went through exactly the same history of development is virtually impossible.
How cool is that? Finally, I can sleep in peace.
Art Only Nature Can Create. My Fence This Morning After A Snowy Night On Terschelling, The Netherlands
When They Ask If There's Much Wind Where We Live
A Perfect Snow Flake Landed On Me After Work
This Stop Sign After A Week Of No Sun
The Snow Has Settled Only On The Outline Of The Bricks On My Friends Driveway
This Crazy Ice Wave Formation From Snow Slowly Melting Off The Tin Roof Of My Patio
The Snowfall On This Train Trestle
The Remains Of Last Winters Snow. Carn Ban Mor, Scotland
Perfectly Melted Ribbon Of Snow
So It Snowed On The Cabbage Field
This Lone Tree And The Curvy Snow Waves
Took This Picture Of The Snow Wave On My Roof Today
These Snow Covered Cars In Finland
A Guy In My City Shoveled This Snow Pattern In His Driveway
Christmas Lights Encased In Snow After Today's Snowstorm In Chicago
Stacked Slabs Of Snow
Fresh Snow On Frozen Lake
The Way This Snow Stayed In Place When The Trunk Was Opened/Closed
A Japanese Coke Machine In The Snow
Some Snow Blew In Through The Crack
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