Thanks for visiting my blog! MudBay World Wonders was created as an addendum to MudBay Musings as my personal way of celebrating God's magnificent creation by posting interesting stories and facts about our complex world.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Answer to last week's "What Am I?"


In follow-up to last week's  "What Am I?"  post, congratulations to Dolores for correctly identifying the above image.  Stumped?  Below are a few more examples of these tiny objects' possible formations.  As you scroll down, I promise you'll be amazed! 

These incredible snowflake images were obtained by using a low temperature scanning electron microscope.

All of the above images were taken by and belong to the  "Electron and Confocal Microscopy Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture," located at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in the Electron Microscopy Unit, Bld. 465, Beltsville, Maryland 20705.

Visit their website here for a wealth of images, drawings and information.


  1. Looking at the first few images, I would have never ever in a million years guessed that those were snowflake crystals. The latter ones are easier to recognise. Amazing photography.

  2. Amazing! I shall never gaze upon a snowflake the same as I have in the past ... for I now know they have much deeper meaning!


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