Comparative Images of Snow Crystals
This form has been difficult to image using light microscopy whereas LTSEM reveals its true 3-D nature
The crystal type is sometimes indicative of a temperature inversion layer in the atmosphere.
A combination of two crystal forms; the Japanese Tsuzumi is an unusual variation.
The side plane is only one example of irregular crystals which include broken crystal fragments and abnormal growth features.
Sometimes the original crystal shape coated by rime is apparent, sometimes only an amorphous blob is evident.
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