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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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