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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 18 March 2008 12:22:44PM 3 points [-]

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But the crystal growth depends strongly on temperature (as is seen in the morphology diagram). Thus the six arms of the snow crystal each change their growth with time. And because all six arms see the same conditions at the same times, they all grow about the same way.... If you think this is hard to swallow, let me assure you that the vast majority of snow crystals are not very symmetrical.