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Why Are Massive Ice Boulders Forming Along Lake Michigan?

The unusual phenomenon is attracting national attention


Was Mother Nature preparing for a monster snowball fight? Hundreds of massive balls, or boulders, of ice have appeared along Lake Michigan's coastline near Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore. The unusual natural winter phenomenon has attracted the attention of people here and across the nation after photos taken by a local resident went viral across the Internet.

Experts believe that though it's a rare occurrence, there is a simple explanation for the giant ice boulders. Enormous sheets of ice form over Lake Michigan in winter. Chunks of the ice break off, growing layer by layer. As the growing chunks are tossed by waves they eventually form smooth, rounded balls which then wash up along the shores.

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Tony

Glad you said that Cornelia . I would not call it hate ....probably ignorance is a better term. I had a Mexican helper who asked me "Are all Muslims evil? I said no Daniel, Evil people are evil . Evil has no ethnic origin or religion, The ice ball thing is just a natural reaction like hail forming in water . Why ascribe this natural happenings to insult people is just like stupid in a sandwich.

March 05 2013 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tim and Marnie

I would like to think that God and his angels had a snow ball fight and had a wonderful time.

February 28 2013 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
J W Buckholz

Last time this happened was in 1984 and then 1968 before that. It's a sure sign from God that the Tigers are going to win the World Series!

February 28 2013 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big Bobzilla

Under proper temperature conditions ice balls can form in the lake as hail stones form in the upper atmosphere.

February 28 2013 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
helper

Guys be nice words do hurt! 1 word could cause suicide

February 28 2013 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Owen Eff

I am just as moronic for reading comments made by morons.

February 28 2013 at 10:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaackww

....These are nothing more than aborted Cocoons....as you well know, Cocoons have to placed in a warm indoor swimming pool....

February 28 2013 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rc.brooks

Clearly this is due to global warming and also that all white people are racists.

February 28 2013 at 9:12 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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dbricarb

That's the most racist comment I've ever read...

February 28 2013 at 9:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
aripalda

Well that's true.

February 28 2013 at 10:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yuni

it is all Jimmy Carter's fault, he lusted for them in his heart.

February 28 2013 at 7:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobby

That was a very good looking bulldog!!

February 28 2013 at 7:37 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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