Avalanche Formation. The structure of snowflakes plays a role in the formation of avalanches. When snowflakes bond together to form a cohesive layer, it can create unstable conditions on a mountainside, leading to the potential for avalanches.
First Picture of Snowflakes. Wilson Bentley, a farmer from Vermont, is known as the first person to photograph snowflakes. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he captured thousands of images and contributed significantly to our understanding of snowflake structure. Today, advanced photography techniques continue to be used in snowflake research.