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  Last updated November 8, 2017 at 11:28 am

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Grab your gloves and a beanie. Things are about to get icy.

Have you ever looked at a snowflake in close detail? If you haven’t, we recommend you do. They are absolutely incredible. Each flake is made up of intricate patterns and shapes.

The best part? Each one is unique. Just like your fingerprints.

However, unlike your fingerprints, snowflakes are formed at very low temperatures. In this video our resident science communication expert Skye Zhu braves the cold to explain exactly how a snowflake is formed.

This article was written by Skye Zhu. You can find more articles like this at www.sciencewise.org.au.

The ScienceWise blog is dedicated to sharing the impact that STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has on our lives.

Our articles are written by staff and students at ANU who want to show you how the science you learn in high school can be applied to real research (and how to impress your friends with quirky science facts bound to come in handy at a quiz night!)

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