Tuesday, February 3, 2009
WATERY WEDNESDAY – The Mountains of Lake Erie
Early each winter, the lake goes through alternating periods of surface freezing and thawing. If a big wind comes up during a thaw, it buckles the ice and piles it up in ridges as the waves push towards the shore. How many of these winds and thaws occur before the final big freeze determines the ice “landscape” the residents along the lake will look at for the rest of the season. This year we have a series of ranges that look like they could be distant mountains. Some of my neighbors bundled up and walked out to the ice-fishing huts further out, scrambling over the ridges as a giant might, in a few well-placed bounds.
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