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Snow Crystal or Snowflake

Nature volume 140, pages 729730 (23 October 1937) | Download Citation



IN the introduction to his useful summary in NATURE of August 28, p. 345, of Prof. U. Nakaya's physical investigation on falling snow, Mr. G. Seligman writes: “he [Prof. Nakaya] proposes to continue to call a particle of falling snow a snow crystal in preference to my snowflake. As all snow, whether falling or having lain on the ground for months, is crystalline, the word snow crystal is likely to lead to ambiguity. I admit that snowflake (simple for a single crystal ; compound for an assemblage) is not perfect, but until a better word is devised it must, I fear, remain.”

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  1. Meteorological Office, Kingsway, London, W.C.2. Sept. 7.

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