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Fossilized snowflakes

Snowflakes are beautiful natural forms of art, but they don't last very long. If you have the right snowy conditions at home, you can try to preserve your own snowflake. This can be tricky, but if you get it just right, then your "fossilized" snowflake will last basically forever.

Try to see what kinds of conditions lead to different types of snow. Is the snow you catch small and spiky, or large and fluffy? Once you start pay attention during blizzards, you can see some really amazing things! Learn more about why snowflakes have different shapes here!

Preserved snowflake
Preserved snowflake. Photo by Kenneth Libbrecht


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