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Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes

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Publisher Comments:


Snowflakes are temporary works of art, tiny crystalline masterpieces, each as different from the next as one person is from another. If you would like to look closer at these marvelous creations (and understand their patterns) this handy, pocket-sized book will serve as your introduction to the art and science of the snowflake. As entertaining as it is informative, this comprehensive field guide by snow science’s biggest star describes the many different types of snowflakes, where and how to find them, and what can be learned from their intricate structures and patterns.  Also included are handy tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, opportune ways for capturing them (the author prefers the brightly-lit tops of parking garages at night,  for example). Illustrated with Libbrecht’s own remarkable microphotographs of real snowflakes, the book is itself a work of art, as delightful to look at as it is to learn from, and as full of wonder as it is rich with answers. An excellent guide for snowflake lovers, classrooms, family fun, as well as the serious scientist.

Publisher's note: Congratulations to Ken Libbrecht on the selection of his snowflake microphotographs for the Holiday 2006 US Postal Service line of postage stamps!

 

Synopsis:

This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals.

Synopsis:

The next time the forecast calls for snow, you can be prepared with this fun, informative pocket-sized guide to the amazing world of snowflakes.
 
This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals. You’ll also learn about the most common types of snowflakes, their structures and patterns, when the most beautiful crystals are likely to fall, and how you can best observe and even photograph them.
 
 

About the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht is a professor of physics at Caltech. A North Dakota native, he is the author of Voyageur Press’ The Snowflake, The Little Book of Snowflakes, and The Magic of Snowflakes: A Postcard Book. In the fall of 2006, the United States Postal Service introduced four stamps based on Libbrecht’s stunning snowflake photography.

Table of Contents

Contents
 
An Introduction to Snowflake Watching       7
 
Part I: Understanding Snowflakes
Snowflake Fundamentals                                   10
The Morphology Diagram                                 11
Snowflake Symmetry                                        12
No Two Alike?                                                13
Crystal Faceting                                                16
The Branching Instability                                   18
Faceting versus Branching                                 19
The Knife-Edge Instability                                 21
Ridges, Ribs, and Rims                                     24
Sublimation                                                       27
Rime                                                                28
Snowflake Classification                                   30
The Origin of Snow                                          32
 
Part II: Field Guide
Hieroglyphics in Ice                                           34
Simple Prisms                                                   35
Stellar Plates                                                     39
Sectored Plates                                                49
Stellar Dendrites                                               55
Fernlike Stellar Dendrites                                  59
Hollow Columns                                               64
Needles                                                            67
Capped Columns                                              69
Double Plates                                                   75
Hollow Plates                                                   77
Split Plates and Split Stars                                82
Scrolls and Chandeliers                                     85
Bullet Rosettes                                                  86
Radiating Plates and Dendrites                          87
Sheaths                                                            88
Cups                                                                89
Triangular Crystals                                            90
Crystal Twins                                                   93
Twelve-branched Snowflakes                           96
Irregular Snowflakes                                         99
Hoarfrost                                                          100
 
Part III: Observing Snowflakes
Magnification                                                    102
Snowflake Photography                                    103
Finding Snowflakes                                           105
Lighting                                                            107
 
Index                                                               112

Product Details

ISBN:
9780760326459
Author:
Libbrecht, Ken
Publisher:
Voyageur Press (MN)
Author:
Libbrecht, Kenneth George
Author:
Libbrecht, Kenneth
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Subject:
Snowflakes.
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
Science & Nature - Earth Sciences - Weather
Subject:
Children s Nonfiction-Weather
Subject:
Weather
Copyright:
Edition Number:
First
Edition Description:
First
Publication Date:
October 2006
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Color Ill: 272
Pages:
112
Dimensions:
8.32x5.52x.53 in. .74 lbs.
Age Level:
04-08

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"Synopsis" by , This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals.

"Synopsis" by ,
The next time the forecast calls for snow, you can be prepared with this fun, informative pocket-sized guide to the amazing world of snowflakes.
 
This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals. You’ll also learn about the most common types of snowflakes, their structures and patterns, when the most beautiful crystals are likely to fall, and how you can best observe and even photograph them.
 
 

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