Ice on Lake Michigan

January 14, 2016


Ice formation on Lake Michigan has started later than usual due to unseasonably warm weather.  Now ice ridges are forming along the sandy shores of West Michigan.  Just how this happens I describe in my book, The Dynamic Great Lakes.

 

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Another phenomenon that is happening right now is pancake ice.  Here is an excerpt from my book.

Pancake ice forms from sheets of ice that break off and then are like a broken plate glass window. When these pieces of ice continually knock together by the rolling action of waves, they become rounded and curled up at the edges like gigantic pancakes. Sometimes the pancake ice looks like bumper cars crashing into each other like a wild carnival ride.

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