Are snowflakes really unique?

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Snowflakes, one of nature’s true architectural wonders, are shaped when water vapor gets cold while passing through clouds. A single snowflake is a pile of crystals consisting of more than 200 ice crystals.

The amazing thing about snowflakes is that each one is thought to be unique. Each snowflake is a random arrangement of water molecules. On average there are 10^19, (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) or ten million trillion water molecules.

There are lots of different ways to arrange the molecules in snowflakes before we factor in other atmospheric conditions that add yet more randomness to the process. By changing just a relatively few factors such as the orientation of the water molecules or the change in atmospheric temperature, we get a vast amount of different results. The formation of snowflakes constitutes yet another aspect of God’s endless artistry.

An amazing fact:

A large snowflake can be 1mm3 in volume. That means that a 1m x 1m x 20cm (deep) patch of snow on a garden contains 200 million snow crystals. If the garden is 3m x 3m square so thats 9 x 200million = 1.8 billion snowflakes in the front garden alone. If we take all of the houses within a 10 minute walk radius and assume that’s about 200 houses, we have 200 x our 1.8 billion snowflakes in all these gardens. That’s about 360 billion snowflakes in a specific neighborhood, about the maximum number of stars in a spiral galaxy like ours.

The variety in the structure of snowflakes is a manifestation of God’s status as the designer “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding” (Isaiah 40:28).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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