Ice island floats off of northern Michigan coast
Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:00:17 GMT —
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.
ver the weekend
and his family stumbled across this giant island floating in
Lake Michigan outside of the small town of Good Hart.
he decided to climb the jagged
foot ice mountain.
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
o the side I was on was all ju
the opposite side was just sheer down to the water
," Baker said.
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.
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.
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
," Sutherland said.