Mar 13, 2014

Have you ever seen an ice wave?

Someone here on the Isla was sharing an email with us.

As they sat under the palm trees listening and watching the waves, they were reminded by a relative back in Michigan, that there is more than one definition to the word “wave”!!!

Michigan has had the coldest winter in decades.  Water expands to freeze, and at Mackinaw City the water in Lake Huron below the surface was supercooled. It expanded to break through the surface ice and froze into this incredible wave.

I was fascinated by the photos and thought it would be nice to share them with all of you, my readers.
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Sadly the story is not true.  I was Googling Michigan and ice waves and came up with this STORY.  For some reason I have a glitch with this paragraph.  Please click on the word STORY in the last sentence to read the newspaper report. The photos are real but were taken in Antarctica in 2002.  “The formation of these ice features has nothing to do with waves being frozen in place. These pictures are from ice that has been compacted and then uplifted by glacial action. The ice is then shaped by wind and other elements. If as described in the email, the waves suddenly froze in place, ice that froze suddenly is rather cloudy and opaque and would not be colored the way this ice is in a brilliant shade of blue,” he wrote.
Well now we have seen ice wave but it is not quite the story we thought it was.  Something fun to read about, no matter where it took place  😀

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2 Responses to “Have you ever seen an ice wave?”

  1. Larry says:

    Can you imagine the size of the margruta glass you would need to handle that cube. Does Mexico have enough tequila?E

  2. Have seen this a few times, but still quite interesting.

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