Just goes to show, Estonians are show-offs. Even their rivers make perfect circles of ice (article in Latvian, but it’s the visual that’s important).

Video here, I can’t seem to embed it, except like this: .

At any rate, it’s another interesting natural ice phenomenon known by various names, and observed in various parts of the world. Here’s National Geographic:

While the Russian ice circle is rare for its large size, the phenomenon isn’t quite as unusual as it might seem. Ice disks have been filmed in North DakotaWashington state, and Michigan.

Early theories of why the disks formed centered on erosion. Ice disks observed in 1987 and 1994 were in the path of flowing river waters. A paper published in 1997 by the Royal Meteorological Society theorized that flowing river water created a whirlpool effect. As the ice spun, researchers theorized, the borders eroded into a circular shape.

Published in the journal Physical Review E, researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium found that temperature changes—and not flowing rivers—prompted the spinning. As water warms it becomes less dense, and as it’s cooled by surface ice, a vortex forms.


I was stuck between two songs, but this seems the most obvious choice:




  1. Nightjar says

    Fascinating stuff, it’s beautiful and very interesting.

    As for the song, I didn’t click on it because I didn’t want that earworm, but it turns out that listening to the song is not necessary for the earworm to install itself on my brain. Since the damage was done, I went and listened. Twice. Now I’m listening to A Perfect Circle to clear my head and because it is appropriate too. :)

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