Plate Tectonics and People

Is a snowflake a mineral?

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Two snowflakes. These were actually grown in a laboratory at Caltech. To see more, visit

Yes, a snowflake is a mineral.

Let's go through the definition of a mineral to see why a snowflake can be considered a mineral:

  • Homogeneous: Snowflakes made of ice water are the same through and through.
  • Naturally occurring: Snowflakes can be formed naturally when water freezes in cold air.
  • Solid: Ice is solid.
  • Inorganic substance: yes.
  • Definable chemical composition: H2O
  • Orderly arrangement of atoms in a lattice: yes