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Shape of snowflakes

Is there a mathematical theory that explains the shape of a snowflake? Why is it not round? Update Tree-like metric spaces appear often as limits of sequences of metric spaces (say, asymptotic cones ...
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R-matrices, crystal bases, and the limit as q -> 1

I am seeking references for precise statements and rigorous proofs of some facts about the actions of quantum root vectors and $R$-matrices on crystal bases for finite-dimensional representations of ...