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Crystal with sector-like branches

Fernlike crystal

Hexagonal plate

Ordinary dendritic crystal

Plate with dendritic extensions

Plate with sector-like extensions

Three-branched crystal

Twelve-branched crystal

Images from the "Snowflake Man"

Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931), America's first cloud physicist, had a lifelong passion for studying and observing water in all of its forms -- dew, frost, clouds, rain, and snowflakes. But, 'always, from the very beginning, it was snowflakes that fascinated [him] most.' (Blanchard, 262).

This exhibit features eight different types of ice crystals from the Bentley photomicrograph collection. They are categorized using the Magono and Lee (1966) snow crystal classification scheme.

(Source: Blanchard, Duncan C., 1970. Wilson Bentley, The Snowflake Man.Weatherwise v.23 (6), pp260-269.)