Sunday, 15 September, 2019

Giant rotating ice disk forms in United States river

The ice formation is floating in the Presumpscot River The ice formation is floating in the Presumpscot River
Pablo Mccormick | 16 January, 2019, 22:26

A giant slow-turning ice disc, approximately 91m wide, has formed in the Presumpscot River in the city of Westbrook.

Another wrote: "It looks like a moon".

Maine's Presumpscot River is no longer just a run-of-the-mill waterway, thanks to a recently formed, huge icy disk that's shocking locals with its size and continued counterclockwise rotation. In recent years, ice disks have popped up in North Dakota's Sheyenne River, as the Associated Press reported, and Michigan's Pine River, according to MLive.com.

Bertlesman estimated that the ice disk was about 100 yards in diameter, which would make it one of the largest on record - if not the biggest ever.

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Matt Battle, an associate professor of physics at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, told the local newspaper that he's never seen anything like it. "It looks marvelous. It's a handsome thing".

Westbrook City's marketing and communications director Tina Radel captured the drone footage of the disk and posted it online.

Though spinning ice discs are unusual, they're also well-documented.

Many flocked to the river to get a glimpse of the disk, sharing images on social media.

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Local man Doug Bertlesman said, 'It kind of looks like a crop circle.

"It's where the aliens landed", commented another.

Officials of Westbrook, Maine, were alerted to the natural phenomenon on Monday after Rob Mitchell, the owner of an Ash Street office building, spotted the unusual sight when looking out toward the nearby river walkway.

"There were ducks sitting on it", he said. "I think it will continue to gain in thickness as long as it keeps spinning", said Mitchell, adding that the massive saucer acted as a giant Lazy Susan for ducks that made a decision to investigate it.

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