Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

1. Researchers at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland used an electron microscope super-cooled to -170 degrees Celsius to capture some rarely seen views.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

2. This photo of a snow grain under intense magnification may help hydrologists determine the winter snow pack content.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

3. This amazing close up shows one tiny snowflake as a hexagonal shape with some crystalline structures forming along its rim.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

4. A snowflake at the microscopic level looks much like an ‘ordinary’ flake you might catch a glimpse of during a cold winter snowfall.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

5. Electron microscopy at sub-zero temperatures helps scientists at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center learn more about the structure

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

6. Researchers capture naturally occurring flakes and then quickly dip them in liquid nitrogen to keep them from melting.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

7. Under the super-cooled electron microscope, amazing detail about ice crystals is revealed.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

8. This extremely close-up view of a snowflake after several days in a snowpack shows signs of rounding at the edges.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

9. The electron microscopy revealed the many different shapes on a snowflake.

Incredible close-up views of snowflakes

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