# How many sides does a snowflake have?

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How many sides does a snowflake have?

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A snowflake is a type of crystal. Crystals are formed in nature in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most solid matter, like minerals and metals, are said to be crystalline. Each crystal has a specific shape that helps scientists categorize what type of crystal it is. You have seen crystals in your everyday life when you put salt on your food or sugar into your favorite cookie recipe. If you look closely at the salt and sugar you can see the shape of each crystal. You can also make your own crystals at home very easily using sugar or salt and water. Add some sugar to a pan of water. The sugar will dissolve into the water making a sugar-water solution. Heat the sugar-water to boiling. As the water boils and evaporates, you will notice crystal starting to form. An alternate way of making a crystal at home is to use a solution of salt and water and a jar. Pout some water into a jar and add salt until no more salt will dissolve in the water. Hang a string into the salt water solution and set

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All snowflakes have six sides not one of them has more or less

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snowflakes are relatively flat and have six approximately identical arms, so that the snowflake nearly has the same 6-fold dihedral symmetry as a hexagon or hexagram. This symmetry arises from the hexagonal crystal structure of ordinary ice.

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6 sides to every snowflake. But the miracle is no 2 snowflakes are identical. If you think about that for a moment it’s quite awesome given the billions of snowflakes that fall.

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6!! At least most of them do. Try to catch a snowflake on black construction paper. Look at it under a magnifying glass. Maybe you can catch a rare 12-sided, pyramid or “stud” snowflake!!