“Water is the driving force of all nature.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Where there is water, there is life. That is what is so exciting about finding water on other planets, the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Suomi NPP space telescope took this in 2012. Image credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Suomi NPP space telescope took this in 2012. Image credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

Our planet’s surface is covered in mostly water. Our cells are made of mostly water. Seawater and blood are chemically similar. “[Seawater] has even been used in transfusions in emergency situations when blood or plasma wasn’t available and the patient needed to have his blood volume maintained.” –Source

I looked into the structure of water, and was surprised to find that scientists aren’t certain of the geometry of the water molecule. “A recent review listed 46 distinct models, so indirectly indicating their lack of success in quantitatively reproducing the properties of real water.” –Source

The most popular water model (SPC/E) lists the distance between the hydrogen and oxygen atoms at exactly 1 Å (1 angstrom = 10^-10 m). The angle between the hydrogen “arms” (shown as theta in the chart below) varies from 102.7° to 113.24° across the 46 models.

Source http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/water_models.html

Source http://www1.lsbu.ac.uk/water/water_models.html

One of the most complex models, Six-site, has the angle at exactly 108°, well within the limits of the rest of the models. Knowing what I do about sacred geometry and the divine proportion, I’d like to propose my own water model. Here it is:

My water model

My water model

The beautiful thing about my model is that water is based on the pentagon/pentagram, the symbol of life. I wrote about this in my Snowflake and a Flower post back in 2011, “5 is the number of life.”

Furthermore, when water freezes, it spontaneously orders itself in hexagonal structures. I wrote, “6 is the number of structure.” Water is its own 6/5 relation, no flower needed.

You can see the hexagonal structure at the molecular scale…

The molecular structure of water ice. Image by P99am CC BY-SA 3.0

The molecular structure of water ice. Image by P99am CC BY-SA 3.0

…and much larger at the scale of snowflakes:

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A question I posted on Facebook is, “How does each arm of a snowflake ‘know’ to grow itself in symmetry with the other arms? The arms are very far away from each other, atomically speaking. There must be a field that causes the spontaneous order to emerge.”

Some say it is sound that structures snowflakes but all you hear in a snowfall is silence. Some say it is the environmental conditions of pressure, temperature, humidity, etc that allows the crystals to grow exactly as they do. That is some “environment” or “music” to vary itself with such granularity such that every snowflake grown is unique.

My pond in winter

My pond in winter

Every snowflake appears to me like a crop circle design it is silent brilliance. If geometry were a song or a language then a snowfall would be a symphony or a work of treasured literature. If only we had the ears to hear or eyes to decode the geometric language, what we might learn!

“God geometrizes continually.” -Plato

There are 333 million cubic miles of water on Earth, an interesting volume. Of that only 0.003% is fresh, unpolluted water.

Fir0002/Flagstaffotos CC BY-NC

Fir0002/Flagstaffotos CC BY-NC

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” -Rumi