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Flurry of flakes

Another chandelier crystal sits atop a column. (Patricia Rasmussen)
Most flakes take a less-than-perfect shape. (Patricia Rasmussen)
Crystals connect to form a “chandelier.” (Patricia Rasmussen)
Some crystals start as columns but morph into plates. (Patricia Rasmussen)
The snowflake and its many twinkling facets have inspired a show-and-tell-all book by Cal Tech professor Kenneth Libbrecht. ()