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2005 Photography competition entries

Depth Hoar Snow Crystal
Nico Perez: 'Depth Hoar Snow Crystal'

Nico Perez
'Depth Hoar Snow Crystal'

This photo was taken through a microscope lens and was then cropped in Photoshop although nothing else has been altered. Background info: Depth hoar crystals are extremely weak in shear strength and are a major cause of avalanches. They usually grow when there are high temperature gradients across the snowpack. The pentagonal shape and clear sharp lines are characteristics of depth hoar and easily distinguish these crystals from normal snow flakes.
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