Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Giant rotating ice disk spurs curiosity

An image taken by the City of Westbrook shows a massive ice circle that formed on the Presumpscot River An image taken by the City of Westbrook shows a massive ice circle that formed on the Presumpscot River
Jeannette Daniel | 16 January, 2019, 20:07

The power of the round is in the news again, with the appearance of a massive, rotating ice disk in the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine.

Bertlesman told the Portland Press Herald, 'It's certainly not every day that you can watch a spinning circle of ice in the river'.

Comments on the photos said that it looked like a "frozen crop circle" and joked that it might be the work of "space gremlins".

An almost-perfect circle of spinning ice has captivated residents in the city of Westbrook, where many are comparing the winter phenomenon to aliens and our celestial lunar neighbour.

The formation in the Presumpscot River in Greater Portland was widely shared on social media and has drawn comparisons to an alien spacecraft, a carousel and the moon.

The attention-grabbing formation is spinning counter clockwise and has served as a big raft for local birds, the TV station posted.

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When another city resident shared a drone video of the ice rotating, Rachael Delcourt referenced another legend from the city - the large tropical snake nicknamed "Wessie" who made the river home in 2016.

Westbrook City's marketing and communications director Tina Radel captured the drone footage of the disk and posted it online. "The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan", he said.

Ice disks, also known as ice circles, have been known to appear in the Arctic, Scandinavia and Canada.

Ice disks occur at bends in rivers where faster water creates a force that chips away edges as the ice spins.

Drone footage shows it nearly stretching across the whole of the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Maine, US. "It was a big duck-go-round".

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