Crystals are some of the most beautiful and fascinating objects around. Their symmetry and highly reflective faces are so perfect, it is sometimes hard to believe that they are the products of natural processes.
Snowflakes are just one example of common crystals.
Those shown here are all nearly the same size, but crystals
actually start out small and increase in size. Consider
how each of these snowflake crystals might grow from
a small grain into the distinctive shapes shown here.