Ice island floats off of northern Michigan coast
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:00:17 GMT —
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.