No two snowflakes are alike. Most of us have heard this statement since early childhood. While science has recently shown that this might be untrue for tiny snowflakes that do not have a chance to fully develop, the old adage rings true for larger snowflakes. According to cloud physicist John Nelson,”It is probably safe to say that the possible number of snow crystal shapes exceeds the estimated number of atoms in the known universe.” A pretty remarkable statement.
How is it that with all of the variety that exists in Nature and all possible combinations of crystalline structures, no two snowflakes can be identical? Nature knows. Changes in temperature and humidity–even very minor fluctuations–cause the diversity that we see in snowflakes. If you look around at Nature’s other creations, you’ll see a large variety as well. For example, butterflies are often the chosen image when learning symmetry. True, butterflies have nearly identical patterns on their left and right wings. However, although very similar, these patterns are not exactly the same.
Every snowflake, creature, plant and human being has been created for its own individual, unique purpose. There is no one in this world quite like you. This is your time to shine.