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      Ice island floats off of northern Michigan coast

      " It was just a bunch of blocks piled on top of each other and they were welded together with the wind and snow ," Outdoor enthusiast Josh Baker explained.


      A

      n island has sprung up off the coast of
      Lake Michigan and this one isn't made of dirt.


      "

      It was just a bunch of blocks piled on top of each other and they were welded together with the wind and snow

      ," Outdoor enthusiast Josh Baker explained.


      O

      ver the weekend

      ,



      Baker

      and his family stumbled across this giant island floating in
      Lake Michigan outside of the small town of Good Hart.


      S

      unday

      ,

      he decided to climb the jagged

      ,

      15

      -

      foot ice mountain.

      O

      nce he made it to the top

      ,

      he noticed the structure was different on the other side.


      "

      The side facing the lake was almost sheer

      ,

      it was pretty neat

      .



      S

      o the side I was on was all ju

      mbled and

      the opposite side was just sheer down to the water

      ," Baker said.


      G

      ood
      Hart General Store Owner Jim Sutherland says this sight is not a new one, but he says it has been many years since he has seen one this big.


      "

      This year we have been fortunate enough to have cold weather

      ,

      lots of wind

      ,

      and combined it builds ice
      into ice caves, ice mountains," Sutherland said.


      H

      e says mother nature has probably been building this ice island for around 6 to 8 weeks.


      "

      The wind combined with the movement of water

      ,

      vertically and horizontally

      ,

      a whole motion
      of the lake as it moves towards the mountains of ice," Sutherland explained.


      T

      hat mountain of ice left
      Josh Baker with a camera full of memories and a unique sight to share with northern Michigan.


      "

      I've never seen anything that concentrated

      .

      You will see blocks stacked against one another on the shoreline but this was so tall

      ,

      so huge

      ," Sutherland said.

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