Strange Encounters

March 10, 2011 § 6 Comments


A little over a year ago, I encountered a strange ice melt pattern. Earlier this year Kevin Oke photographed a similar pattern. I have been on the lookout for this phenomenon all winter with no luck – until yesterday when I spotted this solitary pattern on a frozen pond. Kevin resides on the West Coast of Canada and I on the East Coast of the USA. Are there any ice-ologists out there that can explain this peculiar melting pattern?

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§ 6 Responses to Strange Encounters

  • milkayphoto says:

    The patterns ARE strange and very cool! Mother Nature’s rorshach test!

  • okephoto says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Great to see another ice pattern. Hopefully someone will have names for these as I’m sure every pattern must have a name. If not, maybe we should name them.

  • lesliepaints says:

    I don’t know if this helps or not, Lynn, but I lived on a lake, growing up in southern Michigan. When we would have a warm spell, we could lay in bed at night and listen to the ice cracking. There would be a loud bang or cracking sound that would fade; sometimes even a boom and crackling, following. Walking along the shore, the next day, you could see spots like this. My Father told me it indeed has to do with the expansion and contraction of the ice as it warms and cools. Sometimes the ice cracks all the way through and water comes up through those cracks and pools on the surface. This might be what you are seeing.

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