Is it true that no two snowflakes are the same?

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Yes. Snowflakes fall from the sky in an infinite variety of shapes, but no two are exactly the same. Snowflakes are made of clusters of ice crystals and most are six-sided (hexagonal). Rarer varieties with needle-like crystals (formed at particularly low temperatures) and columns (formed at temperatures close to freezing) are also found, but you would need a microscope to tell the difference. More than 100 years ago, Wilson A. Bentley, an American farmer from the small town of Jericho, Vermont, photographed snowflakes through a microscope. By adapting a microscope to a bellows camera, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885. In his lifetime he photographed more than 5,000 snowflakes, earning him the moniker “The Snowflake Man.”

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