Pembleton's Lab 5: Snowflakes

Snowflakes are crystals made from water.

Today Ducky was jumping to catch early morning snowflakes in his mouth, when he asked Pembleton, “Why are snowflakes different from raindrops?”.

Pembleton said, “that is an interesting scientific question” and he asked the Lambs if they would retrieve some charts from his lab so that he could fully explain. Pembleton started, “Snowflakes and raindrops are both made of water”.

Ducky interrupted dancing with one wing in the air, “… but if they are both made of water, why do they look different?”.

“I’m getting to that! When the temperature is low, around 32 degrees Fahrenheit or 0 degrees Celcius, the water that would normally fall as raindrops turns into crystals. When these crystals grow, they form what we call snowflakes. During the 1920s, a scientist named ‘Snowflake Bentley’ took thousands of pictures of snowflakes showing the world that almost all snowflakes have different shapes.”

Ducky asked, “How do you know so much about snowflakes, Pembleton?”

“Snowflakes were my very first scientific interest. A large fluffy snowflake was the first thing I saw on the day that I hatched in the South Pole. Ever since then I have been studying these amazing little crystals.”

Until next time, Pembleton reminds you to KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

If you have a question for Pembleton, leave it in the comment section.

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