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Ice Stacking On A Frozen Lake

Feb 21, 2016 By Jake Brannon

Lake Superior shattered last week when winds began pushing sheets of ice across the water, which began stacking on top of each other. This event, known as "ice stacking," was captured by Gary Fiedler and Dawn LaPointe, the husband-and-wife photography duo who run the YouTube channel RadiantSpiritGallery. While they were enjoying a day at Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota, winds in the 12-15 mph range came in from the southwest and picked up sheets of ice that were floating on top of the lake. Upon noticing this, they took their cameras to Brighton Beach where they'd have a spectacular view of what was about to occur.

To an uninformed viewer (which I was before I did some research) this event could be mistaken for sheets of glass shattering as they stack and collide with one another. Now, what huge sheets of glass would be doing on Lake Superior, I have no idea, but it seemed like the best guess at the time. The sheets anywhere between 1/4 and 3 inches thick and the noises they make as they crunch together are mesmerizing.

Gary and Dawn recorded hours of ice stacking that day and were kind enough to treat us to two minutes of gorgeous highlights. The temperature dropped as low as -8 degrees Fahrenheit that day, but, according to them, that didn't keep them from enjoying "the sights and sounds of one of [their] favorite winter occurrences, despite the subzero temperatures and frigid breeze." Hopefully, we'll all be lucky enough to witness ice stacking in person one day.

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