Here are a few facts that you never new about the snowflakes, and surely you have asked yourself about them when gazing out of the window during the winter holidays.
- A small snowflake weighs about a milligram, and a big one – about 2-3 mg. The largest snowflake is recorded on January 28, 1887 in Fort – Keo, USA. Its diameter was about 38 cm.
- Snowflakes are 95% air. Therefore, they fall very slowly – average speed 0.9 km / h. 3. For centuries snowflakes are studied and examined under a microscope and photographed. Scientist from Japan Nikaia Ukitiro first classified snowflakes dividing them into several groups.
- In nature there are no two snowflakes with the same structure.
- What determines the snowflake’s shape? Some of the answer to that is the different ratio of heat and moisture, uniform crystals take a different form, but at the same time retain symmetry.
- On April 30, 1944 in Moscow there were incredible snow falls, the shape of snowflakes was almost the size of an ostrich feather.
- Skiers have their own terminology to describe the different types of snow. For example, “LoF-Choo”, “paste”, “champagne snow”, “cauliflower”, “sticky snow”, “dust”.
- In the summer in the Nevada ridge of the Sierra can be seen pink snow that has odor and taste of watermelon. This amazing phenomenon is explained by the presence of algae Nivalis Chlamydomonas, which contain pigment astaxanthin. They are the food for some microorganisms, particularly ice worms that are able to live only at low temperature (5 degrees when they die and decompose).
- In the arctic regions occur even red snow. Hue give microorganisms that live between the crystals.
- In California in 1955, the local population has had the unique opportunity to observe green snowfall featuring a phosphorescent shade. People who risked to try it after a while died and those who touched them – had intense itching and rashes.
- On Christmas Day 1969 in Sweden begun to snow …… a black snow. The reason for this phenomenon – bad ecology.
- The snowflakes during falling water “sing”, in other words sound, imperceptible to the human ear.
- Under the feet of a person the snow creaks.
- The snow reflects up to 90% sunshine, directing them back into space and so the Earth warms.
- The greatest amount of snow has fallen in 1921 to Silver Lake (Colorado) with a thickness of 190 cm. Another impressive record is snow cover from 157.5 centimeters in Georgetown, Colorado, on 4 December 1913.
We hope you have enjoyed the couple of interesting facts about the snowflakes. Most people watch them fall without realizing how amazing these small particles are and that there is so much more to them than just looking pretty. Share those facts with your family and friends, next time you are having your hot cup of coffee or tea by the window. Make the holidays more interesting than ever!
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