Lake Superior Ice Thin, but Beautiful

February 19, 2016

Unusually thin ice responds to wind on the Lake Superior shoreline by stacking up in complex and hypnotic patterns.

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9 Responses to “Lake Superior Ice Thin, but Beautiful”

  1. Greg Wellman Says:

    Do you happen to know if that is shown in real time, or sped up (aka time lapse)?


    • The publishers youtube notes – “This video is being shown at normal speed. For those who have not witnessed an event like this in person, it may look as if the video is sped up.”

      • dumboldguy Says:

        And it is relaxng—-kind of a visual “music break”. Remember those 33-1/3’s back in the 70’s with wind, surf, running water, and bird sounds? (And please don’t any of the children ask “what’s a 33-1/3?”)

        • pendantry Says:

          In my neck of the woods we called them ‘LPs’. (LP: long play. ‘Long’? I didn’t question that at the time, but I guess it just goes to show that everything’s relative.)

  2. Lionel Smith Says:

    Remember those 33-1/3’s back in the 70’s with wind, surf, running water, and bird sounds?</blockquotes)

    Ah yes, and rather like the backing to the Waikiki’s or The Waikiki Beach Boys.

    Now playing those at 45 or 78 was fun.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      If anyone remembers the “songs of the humpback whale” and “wolves howling in the wilds” records that were obligatory buys for “environmentally sensitive” folks back in the 70’s, they were the ones that were really fun to play at 45 or 78—-also made good sound effects to have playing out a window on Halloween to keep the little trick-or-treaters wide-eyed. (Played using Dual turntable, Pioneer amp, and AR2ax speakers, of course).

      • markle2k Says:

        If you click on the gear icon you can play the video at 1.5x. The plates of ice then start to look as if they are alive.

  3. Lionel Smith Says:

    Now if the structures thus built were to be suddenly overlaid with snow and the cycle repeated year on year for a few millennia this would provide some interesting puzzles for future ice-core projects.


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