A Giant Ice Disk Formed on a River in Maine

April FrancisJan 17, 2019

The disc in the Presumpscot River has been compared to an alien spacecraft, and has also served as a giant raft for ducks and other birds.

"It looks like the moon has landed in Westbrook!" the city wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

Locals say they've seen smaller ice discs before, but nothing like this one, Ms Radel said. Good Morning America did a feature from its river banks.

Bertlesman works in a four-story building on Ash Street that has a roof deck that overlooks the river and from where he captured his video.

The photos show the ice disk seems to be larger than a nearby, multistory parking garage.

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"There were ducks sitting on it", Mitchell told the Portland Press Herald. "The ducks were rotating on this big Lazy Susan".

"I have not personally [seen an ice disk like this], but these are seen occasionally in the right conditions, usually at a bend in a river where eddies are common", Walt Meier, senior research scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, told Live Science. "So most likely the cause of the rotation is just the river water going by the disk and once it starts rotating in that direction it's probably going to continue".

California Institute of Technology physics professor Kenneth G. Libbrecht said the disk might be of a "world-record size, if anybody were keeping track", and stated most formations measure between 20 to 30ft in diameter, The New York Times reported.

Maine's Presumpscot River is no longer just a run-of-the-mill waterway, thanks to a recently formed, vast icy disk that's shocking locals with its size and continued counterclockwise rotation.

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