This video of ice shards stacking up on Lake Superior is oddly mesmerizing
A mesmerizing video of ice shattering on frozen Lake Superior in Minnesota is making the rounds on social media -- and it isn't exactly hard to see why.
According to National Geographic, this gorgeous phenomenon, known as "ice stacking," occurs when high speed winds force sheets of ice that form on top of bodies of water in the winter to slide forward. The motion of the wind combined with the current of the lake will make the pieces stack up against each other, causing ethereal, hypnotic scenes.
Duluth, Minnesota based husband and wife photographers Gary Fiedler and Dawn LaPointe posted a video of the phenomenon on their YouTube account RadiantSpiritGallery on February 13th, which has since been viewed nearly 800,000 times.
"I anticipated there would be some ice stacking as the massive sheets of ice met the rugged shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach," LaPointe wrote on YouTube. "The big lake did not disappoint!"
And she's right -- it surely did not. As you can see from the video below, ice stacking transformed Lake Superior from a frozen body of water into a natural work of art:
"The seemingly endless ice sheets broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass," LaPointe said. "The sights and sounds were incredible!"
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Check out more footage of ice stacking magic in action:
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