|REAL PHOTOGRAPHS; |
The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice.
That's what it is like in Antarctica. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air. The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing.
Just look at how the wave froze in midair?
[Collected via e-mail, March 2008]
An Ice Wave from the floor of Lake Huron near Mackinaw Island
Michigan has had the coldest winter in decades. Water expands to freeze, and at Macinaw City the water in Lake Huron below the surface ice was supercooled. It expanded to break through the surface ice and froze into this incredible wave.
I've seen pictures of this wave phenomena in Antarctica, but in Michigan? Yes, it's been quite a winter!
Origins: Starkly beautiful wave-like ice formations like the ones they capture can indeed be found in parts of Antarctica. However, such formations are not created (as claimed in the text accompanying these images) by waves of water hitting frigid air and instantly freezing in place; they're typically formed over time from ice that has been compacted and uplifted by glaciation, then shaped through exposure to the elements:
Beginning in March 2008, newer versions of these pictures described the ice formations as a phenomenon occurring in Lake Huron near Michigan, thereby erroneously placing them thousands of miles away (and in the wrong hemisphere) from their true source.
Last updated: 15 February 2015