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Friday, 27 February 2015

A nearly frozen wave



A photo from Jonathan Nomerfroh, taken during the current cold spell on the coast of Nantucket, USA.  Yet another for the collection of "weird and wonderful" phenomena from the world of ice.....

This is what happens when a wave approaches the shore and has to pass through a shallow water zone where the sea is almost freezing -- with many ice crystals present.  So the wave appears to be passing through a slush zone.

This happens quite often in the polar regions, usually at the onset of winter -- but it is not often photographed........

6 comments:

ND Wiseman said...

I can absolutely vouch for the conditions under which this photo was taken, as it's only 22 miles from me.

It has been a very nasty winter here - with more of the white stuff on the way.

107 inches in Boston ... so far.

Neil

.Myris of Alexandria said...

What is that in real money?
M

BRIAN JOHN said...

As with all slush funds, you never really do know where the money has come from and how much of it there is or was......

Myris of Alexandria said...

touche
M

Bravenewmalden said...

Is the wave actually frozen solid?

BRIAN JOHN said...

No -- it's just surface slush, frozen enough to look good but still slushy enough to act as a liquid!