No two snowflakes are alike, right? We know this thanks to a Jericho, Vermont, farm boy and citizen engineer named Wilson A. Bentley, who adapted a microscope to a camera and spent 40 years capturing thousands of unique images.
The SnowCrystals Website is maintained by Kenneth Libbrecht, chairman of the Physics Department at Caltech, who describes it as being “all about snow crystals and snowflakes — what they are, where they come from, and just how these remarkably complex and beautiful structures are created, quite literally, out of thin air.
SnowSchool is a winter ecology education program that aims to expose children to the fun and wonder of their winter environment. SnowSchool sites include unspoiled national forests, nordic ski areas, regional parks, vibrant nature centers and preserves, colleges, universities, and some of the nation’s most spectacular national parks. Visitors to the online site can find snow-related lesson plans, a page on snow science, and links to other websites.
The Education Center of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado at Boulder, hosts several Web pages with information on snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground, and the cryosphere — those regions of Earth that remain permanently frozen year-round. Visit the website to learn about the basics and ongoing research; view image galleries; and read about recent expeditions.
“The Science of Winter,” from the National Science Digital Library, is a collection of activities, lessons, interactives, images, and other content that demonstrate scientific aspects of winter.