Do pretty crystals prove that organization can arise spontaneously?

Snow crystals are some of the most beautiful shapes that nature has to offer, and no two flakes are alike. Many evolutionists have tried to claim the order of a crystal forming due to atomic structures as proof for “something coming out of nothing”, due simply to natural laws. But closer examination of this argument shows it does not hold up to scientific scrutiny.

Modern Snowflake Research

Several scientists are trying to grow their own crystals to understand and direct their development. Applications of this research reach way beyond meteorology, with the aim of controlling the growth of other crystals, such as silicon structures, for the semiconductor industry.

So why do snow crystals form this shape? Does it require special design? No, their shape is due to the properties of their building blocks, the water molecules (H2O). These are bent and polar (i.e. with positively and negatively charged ends). When they come together in solid form, they tend to form the lowest-energy structure they can,1 which is crystals with hexagonal (six-fold) symmetry.2 By contrast, carbon dioxide (CO2), a linear and more symmetrical molecule, forms cubic crystals in its solid form (“dry ice”).

We now know that not only temperature, but also humidity influences crystal formation and shape. The beautiful six-legged star-like crystals grow in air warmer than -3°C. Between -3°C and -10°C, snow falls as little prisms. Between -10°C and -22°C, it is little stars again, and below that, prisms once more.

Nevertheless, scientists still cannot tell exactly why snow crystal shapes change so much with temperature. These shapes depend on how water vapour molecules are incorporated into the growing ice crystal, and the physical processes governing crystal growth are complex and not well understood yet.3….

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