Massive ice boulders have popped up in northern Michigan. The hundreds of ice boulders weigh as much as 75 pounds each.
Massive ice boulders weighing up to 75 pounds each have washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan. Hundreds of the boulders started to appear in northern Michigan recently.
“I thought it was the coolest thing ever especially since I’ve never seen anything like it,” Michgan resident Leda Olmstead told the local station WZZM13. “I have a small English bulldog, and they were as tall as her. They were pretty massive.” She was walking near the area with her dogs when she saw the boulders.
Olmstead, who lives near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, said she believed hundreds of the boulders were strewn about the shore. She posted photos of the boulders on her Facebook page.
“People think it’s so boring and gross up here in the winter but I think it’s beautiful,” said Olmstead of northern Michigan.
WZZM Chief Meteorologist George Lessens said that the boulders most likely started as small balls of ice and snow, eventually growing in layers in the lake. Wind and waves then pushed them ashore.
Sleeping Bear Park Ranger Amie Lipscomb said that “the rounded ice forms the same way the rounded and smooth stones that wash up on the beach form: Chunks of ice break off from the large sheets that form over Lake Michigan,” according to Michigan Live.
Lipscomb added: “Waves tumble and pummel the ice, rounding and smoothing edges. The waves then wash the boulders up on shore.”
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