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Snow Flakes - A Chapter from the Book of Nature

Posted on February 03 2015

These beautifully illustrated plates, published in 1863 catalogue the geometrical forms of snowflakes.

The forms of the snow-crystals were observed and sketched over a century prior to this publication. The Transactions of the Royal Society of London, for 1755, contain representations of ninety one varieties with descriptions by the 18th-century Dutch physician John Nettis

The early-19th-century eminent Arctic explorer William Scoresby, has given in his Arctic Regions, drawings for ninety six varieties.

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Published by The American Tract Society, Boston 1863

For more information, visit the full article by Rebecca Onion at Slate.com

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