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Snow Crystals DLESE Reviewed Collection
This site is all about snow crystals and snowflakes. The many facets of snow crystals are described here, along with attempts to understand their formation. This site includes collections of super-high-resolution snow crystal photos, as well as links to learn about snow crystal classifications and how to make snow crystal fossils. Included in the study of how snow crystals form, these researchers have created snow crystals in the laboratory. Their snow crystal galleries include selections of images and movies of laboratory-grown snow crystals, as well as information on how to make your own snow crystals. The snow crystal primer describes what snow crystals are, how they form, and why they form the way they do. There is also a section on snow crystal physics.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Field activity
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Photograph
    • Video
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Cryology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Use restrictions: Personal use not involving publication is allowed with a reference to the website. Publication on a non-commercial website requires permission from author and a link to the site. Subgroups of pictures identified as the Rasmussen and Libbrecht pictures have additional restrictions and require consultation and permission from the author. Many pictures on this website were copied from out-of-print books and magazines, or from other web pages. If you want to publish any of this material, you'll have to go to the original source. References throughout the website are provided next to the individual pictures, or sometimes in a footnote at the end of the page.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-003
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Systems, order, and organization
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Dr Kenneth Libbrecht
Physics Department, Caltech