The Different Types of Snowflake, Visualised

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Snowflakes are fascinating and incredibly beautiful. But while they're all (sort of) unique, they can be neatly divided into well-defined types of flake. This chart shows them all.

Column crystals, plane crystals, irregularities, aggregates, germs... you probably never knew that snow flakes could take so many forms. Based on a research paper by Takao Kameda, this should be enough for you to talk more intelligently than ever about the white stuff this winter. [Compound Interest]

For a fuller, expandable look at the chart, click on the image below.