Piles of jagged ice shards create surreal scene on Lake Michigan

Parts of Lake Michigan have been turned into a surreal scene as moving water underneath the thawing surface causes shards of ice to pile up in wild, mesmerizing patterns.

The phenomenon was observable along South Haven Pier on Tuesday.

Photos of the lake: 

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Piles of jagged ice shards create surreal scene on Lake Michigan
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Piles of jagged ice shards create surreal scene on Lake Michigan
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Mich., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Mich., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Mich., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Michigan on March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Michigan on March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Mich., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Michigan on March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Michigan on March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Shards of ice pile up on Lake Michigan along the South Haven Pier in South Haven, Michigan on March 19, 2019. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.com via AP)
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Although the ice formations may be entrancing, the U.S. Coast Guard is speaking out to warn those taking in the sight to keep off the ice, MLive reports. 

"No ice is safe ice, especially this time of year," U.S. Coast Guard BMC Grant Heffner said. "The ice is certainly deteriorating and breaking up."

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