Clear Ice Walk on Lake Huron Video Goes Viral
Lake Huron’s clear water conditions coupled with sub zero temperatures have created an unique and amazing clear ice walk video experience on north Saginaw Bay. Gary Johnson took a walk on the ice near Greenbush Michigan. He posted a video taken with his phone. The 2015 video went viral with over 80,000 views in three days.
The video shows Lake Huron frozen clear to the surface, with rocks in the sand shown. Greenbush is located north of East Tawas and about 200 miles north of Detroit in Michigan’s northern lower peninsula.
How Clear Ice Forms on the Great Lakes
Clear ice like this is very rare on the Great Lakes. Water must be able to freeze very slowly so that impurities and air bubble have a chance sink or rise to the surface. A slow freezing also allows bigger ice crystals to form, which have few surfaces to scatter light. If the water is settled with very little slit or other impurities then there is a chance of forming clear ice. This phenomenon is common on inland lakes.
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