SCIENCE
12/22/2012 11:40 am ET | Updated Jul 28, 2014

Science Of Snowflakes: How Snow Crystals Get Their Amazing Shapes (VIDEO)

Ever wonder how snowflakes get their amazing shapes?

In a new YouTube video, Bytesize Science took on the challenge and explained the science of snowflakes and how the delicate little crystals form as they fall to earth. The answer lies in the chemistry of water.

Snowflakes start as grains of dust floating in clouds. Water vapor in the clouds sticks to the grains and freezes, forming ice -- the simplest hydrogen-bonded crystal. From there, each snowflake takes a different path, morphing into a unique shape as it travels to the ground. The end result is a "mind-boggling array of shapes."

Check out the video above to learn more.

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